Govt making all efforts to secure release of Indian priest abducted in Yemen: Sushma Swaraj

Fr Uzhunnalil was reportedly kidnapped on March 4 after four gunmen attacked a retirement home in Aden run by the Missionaries of Charity.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:March 27, 2016 3:26 am
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj

India is making all efforts to secure the release of a priest from Kerala who was abducted by a terror group in Yemen last month, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said on Saturday.

The minister’s remarks came in the wake of reports claiming that the terror group planned to execute the priest on Good Friday. However, there was no report of any harm having come to him so far.

Swaraj tweeted admitting that the Indian priest was kidnapped in Yemen.

“Father Tom Uzhunnallil — an Indian national from Kerala — was abducted by a terror group in Yemen. We are making all efforts to secure his release,” Swaraj said.

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Uzhunnalil had gone missing in Yemen after Islamic State militant group attacked a care home run by Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity.

“Yemen is a conflict zone. We do not have Embassy there. But we will spare no efforts to rescue Father Tom Uzhunnalil,” Swaraj had tweeted earlier.

Gunmen had stormed the refuge for the elderly earlier this month and killed a Yemeni guard before tying up and shooting 15 other employees. Four foreign nuns, including an Indian, working as nurses were among those killed.

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    Secure
    Mar 26, 2016 at 4:44 am
    ...and Lalit Modi?
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      jaya
      Mar 26, 2016 at 7:46 am
      No matter how much good the BJP govt does still they will be called communal and criticized in multiple ways. And why did this priest go back to a troubled country like yemen? Maybe they are bored of living in a peaceful comfortable and highly tolerant india.
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        Jemma Thomas
        Mar 26, 2016 at 8:30 am
        To buy your entire clan. sorry what AM I SAYING YOU GUYS COST JUST A BOWL OF RICE. SO YOUR ENTIRE FANATICS IN INDIA AND SEND THEM TO VATICAN as their servants. They are running out of drug peddlers.
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          Jemma Thomas
          Mar 26, 2016 at 6:27 am
          He is as worst terrorist as ISIS. I don't see any reason why tax payer money is wasted on these religiously fanatic scoundrels. Indian government spent a lot on evacuation on humanity basis. we rescued even some of the so called big power citizens and these scoundrels sta back to exploit poor people in their miseries. Time to leave them at the mercy of ISIS and let them rot.
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            Jeslin Patricya
            Mar 26, 2016 at 5:12 am
            Appreciate your effort Madam. Why do they risk their life for God's word in those countries.
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              Siva
              Mar 26, 2016 at 11:34 am
              BJP should exchange this priest with Kanhaiya and Yechury. They should be handed over to Yemeni authorities for good treatment.
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                manu
                Mar 26, 2016 at 8:26 am
                its not as easy as to convert in other places as they do to poor in india by brainwashing and showing them their original fatih as fake and by giving some rice bucket etc etc...john dayal etc know these things very well ..still they send him ..
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                  Mano
                  Mar 26, 2016 at 6:07 am
                  Ask Pappu and his mom to get him as only they know where he is.
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                    mtv
                    Mar 26, 2016 at 12:12 pm
                    You will never understand why these people take so much pain to spread their Gospel and faith. For that you have to read and understand Bible. In any case, they are not doing it by force but peacefully. They are not doing anything through violence. What is wrong if somebody volunteer to help others like Mother Theresa. If you do not want to do it, at least stop finding fault with people helping others. Yes, I agree with commentators in these columns that Govt. has been cautioning them not to go to Yemen at present. If they have still taken the risk and done it, Govt. is not bound to help them. But I do not see any merit people questioning their motives.
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                      Prateik
                      Mar 26, 2016 at 4:52 am
                      And Union Carbide?
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                        Augustus
                        Mar 26, 2016 at 5:42 am
                        Really appreciate the FM, whenever there is trouble for Indian's abroad she is there in the front, hope we she will soon get the release of this priest as also those 40 odd labourers who disappeared in Iraq quite long back
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                          Augustus
                          Mar 26, 2016 at 11:58 am
                          Even if you were to whor.e around for your entire life you cannot do that
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                            Augustus
                            Mar 26, 2016 at 12:00 pm
                            It's better to go somewhere and convert than sitting in Varanasi or some mutt and smoke pot
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                              Augustus
                              Mar 26, 2016 at 11:54 am
                              If the original faith can be purchased for rice and buckets then all should leave that faith
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                                Augustus
                                Mar 26, 2016 at 7:33 am
                                Provide your PAN number here, I will come after you to find out how much tax you are paying
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