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Mamata acts to bring body back

The author's brother Gopal Banerjee and other family members called on the chief minister at the state secretariat during the day.

Written by Express News Service | Kolkata |
September 8, 2013 4:12:22 am

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Saturday condemned the killing of author Sushmita Banerjee in Afghanistan and said an initiative has been taken to bring her body back to Kolkata.

Stating that she was “shocked” with the incident,the chief minister said a letter had been sent to the External Affairs Ministry urging it to take steps to bring the body of the slain author back to the city.

The author’s brother Gopal Banerjee and other family members called on the chief minister at the state secretariat during the day.

Trinamool Congress general secretary Mukul Roy earlier said that Gopal Banerjee met him during the day requesting the state government to help the family bring home the mortal remains of Sushmita. “I arranged his appointment with the CM’s secretary Gautam Sanyal,” Roy added.

“We have communicated our pain and anguish. We do not know what they have done with the body of Didibhai (elder sister Sushmita). We only want her mortal remains back here. But we are not sure if they have preserved her body. We are completely in dark,” said Debalina Bnaerjee,sister-in-law of Sushmita.

Later,Gopal Banerjee shot off a letter to External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid requesting him to expedite quick passage of his sister’s body to India.

“Today I have mailed a letter to the external affairs minister to expedite the process of bringing back the body from Afghanistan. We have been trying to contact him since yesterday but all efforts have been in vain till now,” Gopal Banerjee said.

He said that after the news of his sister’s death was flashed in news channels,he had sent mails to the ministry of External Affairs and also sent a letter to the Kolkata office of MEA.

“But till now nobody have contacted us. This is very frustrating. The government should do something,” he said.

Meanwhile,Prime Minister Manmohan Singh,talking to reporters on board a special Air India plane on his return home after attending the G20 summit in St Petersburg,said he was very sad to hear of the killing of the prominent Bengali writer by the Taliban in Afghanistan and described her as a noble person. “It is a very sad development. She was living in Afghanistan for a long number of years. She was engaged in very important social work. So I feel very sad that such a noble person should have been the victim of the Taliban’s wrath,” he said.

Singh said the incident showed that Afghanistan is still plagued by the Taliban menace.

Sushmita,whose memoir ‘Escape from Taliban’ based on her dramatic escape from the clutches of Taliban was made into Bollywood film,was killed outside her home in eastern Paktika province on September 4 allegedly by the Taliban.

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