Only Want Our Son Back: Father of Abducted Indian in Afghanistan

Only Want Our Son Back: Father of Abducted Indian in Afghanistan


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On 6 May, seven Indians working for an infrastructure and electricity company were abducted from the Baghlan province of Afghanistan.

The families of these Indians received that information a day later, and the families of two of these workers told The Quint that since then, there has been no further information.

The workers are from the states of Jharkhand, Bihar and Kerala, and they had been working in Afghanistan for almost two years.

Now, family members of two of the abducted workers from Jharkhand have been camping in Delhi for the last 4-5 days in the hope of meeting the Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj.

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Speaking to The Quint, Premchand Mahto, father of one of the abducted workers, said:

My son went to Afghanistan 2 years ago and he has been missing for the last one month. He was working with KEC company. We got a call from there saying that he has been kidnapped. It has been a month and we haven’t got any information.  
Premchand Mahto, Father of Abducted Indian worker.
Premchand Mahto, Father of Abducted Indian worker.
(Photo: The Quint)

Along with the family members, Vinod Singh, CPI(ML) ex-MLA from Bagodar in Jharkhand and Niraj Kumar, All India Student Association(AISA), Delhi State Secretary are raising questions pertaining to the information on these missing Indians.

Kumar told The Quint that the External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj was scheduled to meet the family members on 9 June, but the meet never happened.

Niraj Kumar alleges that the Joint Secretary has been incommunicado after the meeting was cancelled. 
Niraj Kumar alleges that the Joint Secretary has been incommunicado after the meeting was cancelled. 
(Photo Courtesy: Screenshot from Niraj Kumar’s phone)

Mohan Mahto, son of another abducted worker reiterates Niraj Kumar’s claims and says neither the state government nor the centre government has helped the families.

However, now the ministry has asked the families to meet on 15 June. Kumar says that the External Affairs Ministry has called the family members of all the seven abducted workers. 

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Earlier, the family members along with AISA volunteers protested outside the Ministry of External Affairs on 7 June demanding that the government take punitive action and speed up the process to get back the abducted Indians, but all in vain.

Premchand Mahto told The Quint that his family has been struggling ever since his son was abducted. He goes on to say, “My son was the only earning member in a family of 10 people. He has three children and a wife who are devastated by this news. We only want him to come back.”

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MEA’s Response

The Quint tried to contact the Ministry of External Affairs to find the new dates fixed for the meeting between the family members and the government, but hasn’t received any response.

However, in a press briefing earlier on 7 June, MEA Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar had said that the government has accorded “top priority” status to the release of these Indians in Afghanistan.

We are according top priority to the problem. We are seized of the matter and the EAM (Sushma Swaraj) had also mentioned that this is a sensitive matter. We are in touch with the Afghan side and other stakeholders. 
Raveesh Kumar, Spokesperson, Ministry of External Affairs

However, no further details were given citing security reasons.

(With inputs from news agencies)

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