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India raises Kutty's murder at UN

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Last updated on: November 30, 2005 02:06 IST

India Tuesday told the United Nations General Assembly that the killing of M R Kutty, an employee of the Border Roads Organisation in Afghanistan, illustrates the need to attack financing and safe havens of the remnants of the Al Qaeda, Taliban and other terrorist outfits.

"There are clear signs that such elements continue to receive support and safe haven across the border from the southern and south-eastern provinces of Afghanistan," Ambassador Nirupam Sen, India's permanent representative to the UN, said without naming any country.

"International responses against such destabilisation are essential, but cannot be limited to combat operations on the ground. It is equally necessary to resolutely attack the financing, the safe havens, the training camps and networks that support them," he said.

Kutty, who was working on the construction of the Zaranj-Delaram road project in Afghanistan, was abducted on November 19 and was brutally murdered subsequently.

Sen, who expressed India's strongest condemnation over the "inhuman and barbaric killing of an innocent person" said the Taliban and its backers bear the responsibility for the consequences of this outrageous act.

"We hope that the perpetrators will be swiftly brought to justice," he said.

Sen noted that the recent escalation in violence illustrated by the deaths of Kutty and other development and humanitarian personnel, underlines the continuing serious threat to Afghanistan's security and stability posed by the likes of Taliban, Al Qaeda and other extremist and terrorist elements.

Suman Guha Mozumder at the United Nations