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MEA: In touch with officials over reports of Indian kidnapped in Afghanistan

According to reports, Indian national Bansri Lal Arendeh was reported to have been kidnapped in Kabul.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi |
Updated: September 17, 2021 2:14:04 am
Indian kidnapped kabul, indians in afghanistan, afghanistan India, afghanistan taliban news, indian express newsMinistry of External Affairs spokesperson Arindam Bagchi. (Video screengrab/File)

The government on Thursday said it is in touch with concerned authorities in Afghanistan following reports that an Indian national has been kidnapped from Kabul.

According to reports, Indian national Bansri Lal Arendeh was reported to have been kidnapped in Kabul.

“We are in touch with all concerned. We have seen reports about local authorities undertaking investigations into this matter. We will continue to monitor the situation,” Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said at a media briefing on Thursday.

When asked whether Arendeh is an Indian national, Bagchi said, “I am given to understand that he is an Indian citizen but we are also checking that part.”

Replying to another question, Bagchi said it is difficult to say about bringing back remaining Indians and some other Afghan nationals till flight services are resumed in the Kabul airport.

“Till operations at Kabul airport are not resumed, it is difficult to say how to bring them back. Our focus is that operations at Kabul airport resume. Then, it will be easier…” Bagchi said.

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