Indian author Sushmita Banerjee shot dead in Afghanistan, her escape from Taliban had spun off Manisha Koirala Bollywood film

Written by Press Trust of India | Kabul | Updated: Sep 6 2013, 03:51am hrs
Indian writer Sushmita Banerjee, whose memoir about her dramatic escape from the Taliban was turned into a Bollywood film, was gunned down in Afghanistan by militants, police said today.

Sushmita Banerjee, 49, was killed outside her home in the eastern Paktika province last night. She was married to Afghan businessman Jaanbaz Khan and recently moved back to Afghanistan to live with him.

Taliban militants arrived at her home in the provincial capital of Kharana, tied up her husband and other members of the family, took Sushmita Banerjee out and shot her, police were quoted as saying by BBC.

The militants dumped Sushmita Banerjee's bullet-riddled body near a religious school, where it was found this morning.

A senior police official said Sushmita Banerjee, also known as Sayed Kamala, was working as a health worker in Paktika and had been filming the lives of local women as part of her work.

No group claimed responsibility for the attack.

Sushmita Banerjee's book "Kabuliwalar Bangali Bou" (A Kabuliwala's Bengali Wife), about her escape from the Taliban in 1995, became a bestseller in India and was made into the Bollywood film "Escape From Taliban" in 2003.

The memoir focussed on her life in Afghanistan with her husband and her escape from the militants.

The film based on the book starred actress Manisha Koirala and was billed as a "story of a woman who dares (the) Taliban".