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‘Sushmita should not have gone to Afghanistan’

The first time,and also the last time,he saw Sushmita Banerjee,the Kolkata author who was slain in Afghanistan by suspected Taliban.

Written by Sabyasachi Bandopadhyay | Kolkata |
September 7, 2013 3:26:57 am

The first time,and also the last time,he saw Sushmita Banerjee,the Kolkata author who was slain in Afghanistan by suspected Taliban,was at the funeral of her husband’s brother eight months ago at Gobra cemetery in Central Kolkata.

“We don’t look at the wives of another person but someone told us the woman sitting beside Janbaaz inside a car,crying uncontrollably,was Sushmita. And that was also the last time I saw Janbaaz (Sushmita’s husband),’’ Rahman Khan,60,from Ghazni province in Afghanistan,who has been residing at the Opera cinema premises at Lenin Sarani in central Kolkata for the last 40 years,told The Indian Express.

Body of Janbaaz’s brother Musa Khan,who stayed with Rahman and other fellow Kabuliwalas for about six years and traded in hing (a kind of spice),was found inside the cinema hall in mysterious circumstances.

Rahman,however,rued the death of Sushmita at the hands of the Taliban at Paktika in Sharana province. “Yesterday I could not eat after I heard the news. We condemn the killing. Why did she go there? She should not have gone there at all. She was their target,’’ said Rahman,a businessman,

Rahman said some Lalbazaar policemen visited him yesterday and asked him questions about Musa and Janbaaz. Other members of the Afghan community share Rahman’s views. “We all are against the killing,’’ said Ali Khan,who,along with three other Kabuliwalas,live on Temple Street in central Kolkata.

Before she moved to Afghanistan along with her husband,Sushmita she used to stay at a rented house at Shyamnagar near Dum Dum with her husband and father.

At Paktika in Afghanistan,she worked as a health worker among women.

“The Taliban was angry because of the the book (Escape from Taliban) she wrote. She was their target,’’ said Rahim Khan,who stays with Rahman at Lenin Sarani.

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