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.
Speaking to The Quint, Premchand Mahto, father of one of the abducted workers, said:
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.
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.
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.
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.
However, no further details were given citing security reasons.
(With inputs from news agencies)
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