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Peacekeeper from Agra killed in Congo shootout

His family is expected to reach Delhi to receive Gagan’s body, expected to arrive in Agra on Friday.

Written by Manish Sahu | Lucknow | Published: February 5, 2015 11:17:22 am
united nations, gagan punjabi killed in africa, agra un employee killed in congo, agra un peacekeeper dies in africa Gagan Punjabi was shot dead while he was attending a birthday party of a colleague in Congo.

 

A United Nations peacekeeper in Uganda, who belonged to Agra was shot dead on January 31 at a club in Aru town in Ituri district in Democratic Republic of Congo, a bordering country of Uganda.

Gagan Punjabi (34), is survived by his wife Deepti, two-year-old son Sohan and elder brother Rakesh who live at Shastripuram Paschimpuri in Agra. They are expected to reach Delhi to receive Gagan’s body which is expected to arrive in Agra on Friday.

According to Rakesh, Gagan, who has been in Africa for last 12 years and been UN peacekeeper for over two years, had gone to a town to take part in a birthday function of a colleague when gunmen entered the venue hall and opened fire, killing 14 persons. Gagan was the only Indian among the victims.

“We were shocked to receive the call about Gagan’s death on February 1 by UN manager. He informed that Gagan was attending the birthday function when he was killed in the shootout,” said his sister Priya Jain over phone from Agra.

Gagan had last visited home on January 10 and stayed for 15 days.

Rakesh added that Gagan had last spoken to them in the evening before leaving for the function where he was killed.

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