Mamata condemns killing of Sushmita, acts to bring body back

Last Updated: Saturday, September 7, 2013 - 21:01

Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday condemned the killing of author Sushmita Banerjee in Afghanistan and said an initiative was 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.

She said the Trinamool Congress MPs had raised the matter in Parliament yesterday. The author`s brother Gopal Banerjee called on the chief minister at the state secretariat during the day.

Trinamool Congress general secretary Mukul Roy earlier told PTI that Gopal Banerjee met him during the day after hearing that the state government had moved the Ministry officials so that his sister`s mortal remains were brought back to the city.

The deceased`s brother had said yesterday that the family had contacted the External Affairs Ministry pleading that the body be brought to Kolkata.

Sushmita Banerjee, whose memoir about her dramatic escape from the clutches of Taliban was turned into a Bollywood film `Escape from Taliban` in 2003, was killed outside her home in eastern Paktika province on September 4 by the militants.

She was married to Afghan businessman Jaanbaz Khan and recently moved back to Afghanistan to live with him.

Meanwhile, later, Gopal Banerjee also shot off a letter to External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid today 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.


First Published: Saturday, September 7, 2013 - 21:01

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