Hyderabad: The Telangana government’s timely intervention helped a man from Gajwal in Telangana’s Siddipet district bring his brother’s body back from the US. In an unfortunate incident Prashanth Kommireddy from Gajwal, who has been living in the US with his wife and three-year old daughter, died of a cardiac arrest on 21 February. His wife is nine-months pregnant and the couple was expecting their second child on 22 February.
Prashanth’s sudden demise put the family in a difficult situation. Since his wife was not in a state to fly back to India, the only option left was to send a family member to the US. Prashant’s friend Santhosh Kumar tweeted to Minister for Industries and IT&CK, K. T Rama Rao requesting him to expedite the visa process so that Prashant’s brother could go to the US at the earliest because the next three days were holidays.
“Sir, This is NC Santosh from Gajwel, my friend Prashanth k has expired in [email protected] few hours back due to heart stroke. His wife is expecting a baby tommorow. My friend’s brother us at US embassy in begumpet trying for Visa need your intervention to expedite the process. Could you please do the needful to get the visa interview slot immediately because next three days are holidays here (sic),” read the tweet.
The minister quickly intervened and asked the US Consulate to expedite the visa process. KTR tweeted, “Can you please intervene & help as this appears to be a family emergency.” Responding to the minister’s tweet the Consulate immediately called Prashant’s family and within hours his visa was processed. He was expected to reach the US on Friday night.
The Telugu community in the US has made contributions to help the family who is struggling financially.

Dheeshma Puzhakkal

Dheeshma Puzhakkal is currently a Reporter with Newsmeter. An alumnus of Hyderabad Central University, she has interned with Greater Kashmir newspaper and NDTV. Dheeshma has also made short films and documentaries. Her documentary ‘Still I Rise’, which is based on sex-trafficking in Hyderabad’s Old City, has earned accolades in several film festivals, such as International Documentary and Short Film Festival, Kerala (IDSFFK). An avid foodie, she loves to travel and listen to stories that others tell. Photography is one of her all-time interests. She has extensively written on satellite-based journalism, health, consumer, and data stories besides covering anti-crime investigative agencies.

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