GUNTUR : Viswakanth Ankireddy wanted to have coffee and spend some time in the cafe to unwind. Suddenly, he realised he was one of the hostages and for next 16 long hours, Viswakanth went through a living nightmare.
Viswakanth, the Infosys techie from Guntur, is now taking rest at his home in Sydney. “He sounded very tired and wanted to rest. He said he would go to a temple and would call me again,” Viswakanth’s father Eswar Reddy said here on Tuesday, a day after the hostage drama ended. “When he called me at around 1.30 am this morning, I was relieved,” said Eswar Reddy.
After the police entered the Lindt Chocolate Cafe in Martin’s Place in Sydney where Viswakanth was held hostage by gunman Man Haron Monis, he ran out for his life. He was whisked away to safety and after medical examination and counselling, was allowed to go home.
Quoting his son, Eswar Reddy said when Viswakanth returned home in Sydney, it was 1.30 am (IST). Police had asked him not to give out any personal information or his telephone number to any one. “My son asked us not to reveal any personal information”. Chatting with a couple of well-wishers in their two-storeyed building in Sampathnagar behind Crane Beetle Nut company in Guntur, Eswar Reddy was initially reluctant to narrate the harrowing experience his son had undergone the previous day. “It is over. My son is safe and we are all happy,” he said, not wishing to continue. On prodding, Eswar Reddy, who first got the information of his son’s safety from his daughter-in-law Shilpa over Whatsapp, said: “I first inquired about his health and the reply was that he was safe and uninjured.”