Bodies of BRO men killed in Afghan arrives

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New Delhi, Apr 16: Bodies of two Border Roads Organisation (BRO) personnel killed in a suicide attack in Afghanistan on April 12 arrived here from Kabul this morning.

The bodies of Mahendra Pratap Singh, an engineer, and C Govindaswamy, a mason, were airlifted from Kabul in Kam Airlines, a private carrier operating in Afghanistan. The two BRO personnel were killed in the terror attack carried out by the suspected Taliban extremists on the BRO's Road Construction Project near Minar in Nimroz province of Afghanistan on Saturday morning. Five others -- Bishram Oroan, Vikram Singh, Mohammad Nazim Khan, Anil Kumar Thampee and Maya Ram -- were also wounded in the attack.

Mahendra Pratap Singh from Varanasi is survived by his wife, 14-year-old daughter and 12-year-old son while 45-year-old Govindaswamy had been working in Afghanistan for the past one year and is survived by his wife Sivagami, three daughters and a son.

The bodies arrived at the IGI Airport at around 1000 hrs and were then kept in state at 'Shradhanjali Sthal' in the cargo area of the domestic airport.

The body of Mahendra Pratap Singh would be later flown to his hometown Varanasi and that of Govindaswamy to Tippanapalli in Tamil Nadu.

Strongly condemning the act of terrorism aimed against its aid and humanitarian programme in Afghanistan, India reiterated its determination to continue to work with the Afghan people and the government in Kabul for rehabilitation and reconstruction of the war-ravaged country and the well-being of its citizens.

Nearly 400 BRO personnel are engaged in the construction of a crucial 218-km highway between Zaranj and Delaram in Afghanistan as part of India's assistance programme for the reconstruction of the war-torn country.


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