Kundapur : The grieving family of Krishnaiah Mogaveera, who was shot dead by French troops near the airport in Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic, is waiting for his body expected to reach his home town of Balkur village in Kundapur by Thursday evening. However, there was no official confirmation to the family.
Krishnaiah’s elder brother Anand told reporters at his Balkur residence that Krishnaiah had not informed the family about his home-coming from the strife-torn country. They got the news of his death from another relative Sudhakar Mogaveera, who stays in another territory of the CAR. Authorities communicated the news to Sudhakar and he informed Krishnaiah’s brother ShekarMogaveera who stays in Mumbai. Shekar called the family in Balkur at 3pm Monday. Krishnaiah also has an elder sister Girija.
Krishnaiah last visited Balkur in November, 2012 and told the family about the unrest in the CAR. He had also expressed his desire to shift to Bangalore or some other place in India. A day before his departure, rebels had snatched his mobile phones, he had told them.
Krishnaiah had married Sumana from Saligrama at Ananthapadmanabha Kalyana Mantap in Kundapur about six years ago and they have a three-and-a half-year son Adithya. His wife and son are in Bhandup, Mumbai and expected to arrive in Balkur on Thursday along with other relatives.
Krishnaiah, an accountant with Roffe Pharma, a pharmaceutical company, did his primary and high school education in a government school in Balkur. He did his B.Com in Sharada College, Basrur. His aunt Parvathi said Krishnaiah was keen to go to his farm whenever he was in India. “He was a good person,” she said fighting back her tears.
Anand said his father Narayana Mogaveera, 68, suffers from dementia and mother Baalu, 59, is in a state of shock since Tuesday. Anand works as a supervisor in Prabha Kiran tile factory in Gulvady. He said Krishnaiah visited Balkur once every year and participated in various family functions. He had also taken his wife and son to Africa, he recalled.
Asked if the family has been assured of any assistance, he said diplomatic talks are being held between two nations and he had read media reports about France’s regret over the incident and that it had promised to probe the case. Krishnaiah last spoke to his family in Balkur on March 23