Krishnagar (WB): The body of Suhrid Das, an Indian-origin businessman who was shot dead in the US city of Atlanta, arrived at his home in Nadia district 16 days after his death.

The 48-year-old Das' body reached the Kolkata airport on Saturday and reached home in the night. The body was later cremated at Badkulla ghat.

A pall of gloom descended on the neighbourhood of Uttar Surabhisthan under Taherpur police station when the body reached there.

His wife Bina, son Souvik, a class VIII student, and mother Shantilata were unable to speak.

Das was shot on February 23 night by two gunmen during an apparent robbery attempt when he was closing his shop. He was taken to hospital where he later died.

Sanjay Das, a brother of Suhrid, said, he and another brother Ajay were crying at the Delhi airport while awaiting their flight to Kolkata the next day when West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee saw them and asked them why they were crying.

After she heard from them about the incident, she instructed party colleague and Union minister Mukul Roy to make arrangements to bring Das' body to his native place.

"The state government helped us in processing the papers to bring the body from the US. We had also approached the government for financial help as the cost to bring the body was about Rs eight lakh," Ajay said. "We did not get any positive response on that point. We mortgaged a land and arranged the money."

Suhrid had gone to Atlanta in July, 2001. Initially, he used to work as an assistant in a shop. Later he started his own fast food shop there.