Staff Reporter

NIZAMABAD: A pall of gloom descended on Khaleelwadi located in the heart of the town when the body of Yarlagadda Sidhartha, the second son of Yarlagadda Sambasiva Rao and Sujatha, leading medical practitioners, arrived around 6.30 this morning.

As the news of the arrival of the body spread, friends and relatives of the doctor couple gathered in large numbers at their hospital-cum-residence (Sujatha Nursing Home) from the morning. The entire doctor fraternity in the town visited the bereaved family.

Sandeep, elder brother of Sidhartha, and their relatives received the body at Shamsabad airport.

It may be recalled here that the young space scientist Sidhartha (26) died under suspicious circumstances in Madrid, Spain on February 12.

The family has been in deep shock since then and awaiting the arrival of the body.

Dr. Sandeep, a medical practitioner in the United States, went to Madrid and brought his brother’s body. The fully embalmed body was kept in coffin.

There were heartrending scenes at the Sujatha Nursing Home. Sidhartha was later cremated at the family crematorium at Madhavnagar, 5 km from the town.