Thippanapalli (Tamil Nadu), April 17 : Residents of Thippanapalli in Tamil Nadu's Krishnagiri District were in a state of mourning on Thursday after they received the body of C. Govindasamy, one of the two Indian engineers killed in suicide bomb attack in Afghanistan a couple of days ago.
Local administration officials visited the grief-struck family to offer their condolences.
Forty-five-year-old Govindasamy who was the only breadwinner of the family was working on a Border Roads Organisation (BRO) construction project in Afghanistan for the past one year. His wife, three daughters and a son survive him.
"He was the only breadwinner of the our family. We had no earning source except him. Our three daughters have been married off with his wages. The entire family was run by his income only," said Sivakami, Govindasamy's wife.
Govindasamy's 13-year-old son performed the last rites. State police fired 12 bullet rounds in air before his cremation.
Nearly 4,000 Indians are engaged in various infrastructure projects in Afghanistan. India has pledged 850 million dollars to Afghanistan for reconstruction projects, and is that country's fifth largest donor.