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Hyderabad businessman performs last rites of his benefactor

Published: 1st Dec 2021 10:49 pm

Warangal: Gratitude does not come easy to most people. For 55-year-old Dasari Hanmaiah, a businessman from Hyderabad, however, a humanitarian gesture by a person more than three decades ago in troubled times placed him in eternal debt of the latter, so much so that he rushed to Kishtapuram Thanda in Palakurthi mandal of Jangaon district to perform the last rites of his benefactor.

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A grieving Hanmaiah played the role of a son, performing the last rites of Boda Somla Naik (75), a village elder of Kishtapuram Thanda, who died of illness on Tuesday. On coming to know of Naik’s death, Hanmaiah, who runs an explosives business in Hyderabad, rushed to the Thanda to perform the last rites since Naik had lost his son some time ago.

“I remain indebted to Somla Naik’s family for their help when I wanted to marry a girl of my choice at the age of 20. He not only provided us with shelter for about 10 days, but also helped us get married against the wishes of our parents,” Hanmaiah said, recalling his past. While Hanmaiah, a native of Thammadapally (G) village of Zaffergadh mandal, belongs to Padma Shali caste, his lady-love Padma belongs to Vaddera.

Hanmaiah also helped in the marriage of Somla Naik’s grand-daughter Pujitha on November 25, pitching in with Rs 5 lakh. Hanmaiah and Padma also played the role of family elders at the wedding since Pujitha had lost her father (Somla Naik’s son).

Hanmaiah has been involved in several social service activities including providing facilities in a school through ‘Dasari Hanmaiah Trust’ in erstwhile Karimnagar district where he started his business several years back. “Since he was a resident of Kanagarthy village in Odela mandal of Peddapalli district, he constructed a school with a cost of Rs 30 lakh from his pocket. He also provided money for a lift irrigation facility in the village and promised to provide money for our temple in our village, which is a neighboring village,” Nomula Vanala Reddy, a resident of Madaka in Odela mandal, told Telangana Today.

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