KIDNAPPED IN KABUL, SEARCH ON
EFFORTS ON FOR HER RESCUE
The Indian mission in Kabul said it was in touch with the Afghan authorities to secure the release of Judith D’Souza, a 40-yearold woman from Kolkata who had been working in Afghanistan for almost three years. The embassy informed D’Souza’s family about the kidnapping at around 1.30am on Friday. No group has so far claimed responsibility for the kidnapping, sources said
NOT THE FIRST TO BE KIDNAPPED
D’Souza is the latest addition to the list of Indians kidnapped in the war-torn country. Alexis Prem Kumar, a Jesuit priest kidnapped in the northeastern Afghan province of Herat, was released after eight months in captivity in February last year. Two construction workers of an Indian company were kidnapped and released in December 2003
ANXIOUS FAMILY WAITS FOR NEWS
“We received a call from embassy... We were told that three people have been abducted... Thereafter, there has been no news about her. We are all very tense and anxious. We just want her to return safely,” said Denzel D’souza, Judith’s father.
We will spare no efforts to rescue her. She is your sister and India’s daughter. We are doing everything to rescue her.” SUSHMA SWARAJ, foreign minister, tweeted saying she had spoken to D’Souza’s sister