One of the two Indians abducted by a group owing allegiance to Islamic State (IS) in Libya was released by his captors on Thursday, according to his family members.
Pravas Samal, a 47-year-old laboratory technician from Odisha, who worked in a hospital in Ibn-e-Sina in Sirte, was abducted 11 days ago.
His sister-in-law, Manasi Nayak, said on Thursday that she received a call from him around 3 pm.
“I could recognise his voice. Though the voice was not clear, Pravas said he has been conditionally released by the militant group. He said he has taken shelter in someone’s house. They made him sign on some papers that I would continue to work in the hospital. He said he is safe,” she said. The call ended abruptly. Samal’s family tried calling up on that number, but could not get through.
Samal’s cousin, Bibhu Padarbinda Nayak, however, said he was not sure if it was his brother who called up. “I would not believe it unless there is official confirmation,” he said.
The Ministry of External Affairs, which confirmed the abduction on Wednesday, could not confirm if Samal has been released.
Samal hails from a village under Marshaghai block in Kendrapara district.