Herat attack: After strike at Indian Consulate, Indian national abducted

Afghan authorities confirmed to the Indian embassy that “unidentified gunmen” kidnapped the Indian national.

Written by Shubhajit Roy | New Delhi | Updated: June 3, 2014 8:09 am
Afghan police repelling terrorists at the Indian consulate in Herat. (Reuters) Afghan police repelling terrorists at the Indian consulate in Herat. (Reuters)

Ten days after the attack on the Indian Consulate, an Indian national working for an aid organisation in Afghanistan’s Herat province was abducted on Monday.

While Indian government sources confirmed the abduction, initial details were sketchy. The Afghan authorities have confirmed to the Indian embassy that “unidentified gunmen” kidnapped the Indian national.

Herat Governor’s spokesman, Ehsanullah Hayat, was quoted by Pajhwok News as stating that the Indian man was working for a foreign organisation and went missing from Zenda Jan district of the province. Zenda Jan is located 35 kilometres to the south of Herat city.

Afghan news agency, Khaama News, quoted a local security official as saying that the incident took place on Monday afternoon while the aid worker was “visiting the area to assess the work of a project”.

Nobody has claimed responsibility for the abduction so far, said officials.

This is the first such case since November 2005, when Ramankutty Maniyappan, a 36-year-old driver working with the BRO on the Zaranj-Delaram highway project, was taken hostage and beheaded. In 2003, two engineers working on a road project were abducted, but later released.

During her visit to Herat on Friday, Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh had met Governor Sayed Fazullah Wahedi, who had assured security to the Indian Consulate and officials working in the province.

The Afghan government had also proposed a few “secure locations” where the Indian Consulate in Herat could shift.

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First Published on: June 2, 2014 10:01 pm
  1. K
    Kolsat
    Jun 3, 2014 at 9:39 am
    These attacks on Indian consulate and kidnapping of aid worker soon after Nawaz Sharif's India visit and talks with PM Modi point to stani involvement. President Karzai has accused stan for these incidents. I think India should guard its consular offices in these countries as the US does.
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    1. R
      Raj
      Jun 2, 2014 at 5:12 pm
      This incident is related to the last incident in Herat and possibly a desperate attempt by those who failed in the attack of the Indian consulate.RAW should get in touch with Afghan intelligence and launch a operation to find the people responsible and deliver a crushing blow to them.
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      1. M
        mission work
        Jun 3, 2014 at 8:16 am
        The bducted Indian was a jesuit on an "Education Mission".. Not sure if he authorized by Govt of India on any missionary activity.....
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