//Woman claiming to be Suryanarayana's wife demands ex-gratia

Woman claiming to be Suryanarayana's wife demands ex-gratia

Hyderabad: A young woman claiming to be the second wife of Indian engineer K Suryanarayana, killed by Taliban militia in Afghanistan, today claimed a share of the compensation sanctioned for his family.

Swapna, hailing from Warangal, met Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime) Soumya Mishra here and also sought permission to have a last glimpse of the body of her "husband".

"Suryanarayana had married me in 2004 and we have a nine- month-old daughter," Swapna, in her late 20s, told reporters after meeting Mishra.

Displaying photographs as proof of their "love marriage", Swapna said she could "justifiably claim" a part of the ex-gratia announced by the state government and Bahrain-based telecom company Al-Moayyad, the employer of Suryanarayana.

While the company had announced a compensation of Rs 20 lakh, Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhar Reddy sanctioned an ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh and also promised a job to the engineer’s widow Manjula.

DCP Mishra said the woman could not produce any documentary evidence in support of her claim.

"We have asked her to approach the court if there is any paternity dispute case. As things stand now, the police have no role in this matter," he said.

But Swapna said, "I have no one to fall back upon. Since it was an inter-caste marriage, my parents have disowned me. How will I feed my child?"