IFS Association expresses deep anguish at V V Rao's killing

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New Delhi, Jul 7 (UNI) The Association of Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officers today expressed deep anguish and sorrow at the untimely death of Mr V Venkateshwara Rao, Counsellor, at the Indian Embassy in Kabul, in a terrorist attack today and observed one minute silence in his memory.

A 1990 batch IFS officer, Mr Rao had served in various capacities in Indian Missions in Berlin, Colombo, Kathmandu and Washington, the Asociation said in a resolution.

''His latest tour of duty in Kabul under extremely difficult conditions revealed his determination, sincerity and a courage of immeasurable proportions,'' it said.

The Association said it was extremely distressing that he had to lay down his life to a ''cowardly act of terrorism.'' His death, while answering the highest call of duty, would be an inspiration to all, it said.

The Association conveyed sympathies and condolences to the families of Mr Venkateswara Rao.

It also condoled the death of Defence Attache Brig R D Mehta, two ITBP security personnel Ajai Pathaniya and Roop Singh and the Afghan employee of the Indian embassy in Kabul who were also killed in the terrorist attack.


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