The families of the abducted Indian workers in Afghanistan, hope their loved ones are alive

The families of the abducted Indian workers in Afghanistan, hope their loved ones are alive

Six Indians working for an infrastructure company in Afghanistan were abducted in Baghlan province of the country last month.

It’s been a month that six Indian workers were abducted in Afghanistan and their families are still waiting for news of their location. Government officials said that they are working with government officials of Afghanistan to search and free the Indian nationals who were abducted in Baghlan province of the country.

“It is like clinging to hope and struggling to ensure that the hope stays alive every day. It is very difficult for us” Doman Singh said on Wednesday from Laua Lagan Village in Chausa block in Madhepur district of Bihar. His brother Mantu Singh is one of the abducted workers.

The Indian nationals are all employees of KEC International Limited, an infrastructure company that currently won Rs 226-crore contract in the battle-weary country as a sub-contractor for the state-owned Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS), which functions power generating stations.

Mantu Singh has been working with the company since 2014.

“We are poor people. My brother has a wife and two children ( a son, aged 15 and a daughter 13). This job was everything for them. The entire village is in shock about the incident,” Doman Singh said over the phone.

The matter has also got the political parties involved with leaders of the opposition Congress party persuading the government to do more.

“We request the central government to redouble the efforts to secure his release. We also urge the state government to help the family and this employer to be more humane in the approach,” said Keshav Kumar Singh, secretary of the Bihar Pradesh Congress Committee.

The human resources manager of the company who signed Mantu Singh’s contract letter refused to comment.

Indian officials said the issue has been discussed with the Afghan government and no attempts are being left out to secure the freedom of the Indian workers.

External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj spoke to her counterpart Salahuddin Rabbani and Indian ambassador in Kabul Vinay Kumar is regularly following it up with the authorities. The minister is also regularly in touch with company officials”, said an Indian official who chose to remain anonymous.

“Confidentiality is needed for such negotiations to bear fruit,” external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj said in a press conference last month.

by Sawan Kumar on June 7, 2018

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