Ab­ducted priest is safe, says e- mail


D. J. Wal­ter Scott

Fr. Alexis Prem Ku­mar, ab­ducted by Tal­iban mil­i­tants in Afghanistan a week ago, is ‘ safe’ ac­cord­ing to an e- mail from the Je­suit Refugee Ser­vice ( JRS) South Asia Di­rec­tor.

The JRS South Asia Di­rec­tor, Fr. Stan Fer­nan­dez, had sent the e- mail to Kennedy, JRS Group su­pe­rior at the De- Britto Higher sec­ondary school, Devakottai.

Talk­ing to The Hindu , A. Al­bert Manoha­ran, brother of ab­ducted Je­suit, told The Hindu over phone that Fr. Fer­nan­dez, based in New Delhi, had sent the mail on Satur­day evening and de­scribed it as his per­sonal com­mu­ni­ca­tion. “We con­tinue to spend anx­ious mo­ments as there has been no of­fi­cial word yet though a week has passed since the ab­duc­tion.” The fam­ily mem­bers, led by the Priest's fa­ther A. S. M. Anthony ( 77) met Fr. J. Su­sai Man­ickam, Bishop of Dio­cese of Si­va­ganga, on Sun­day and re­quested him to make fresh ef­forts to se­cure the re­lease of the priest at the ear­li­est.

The Dio­cese pre­sented a fresh me­moran­dum to District Col­lec­tor V. Ra­jara­man on Mon­day, urg­ing him to pre­vail upon the govern­ment to speed up the ac­tion for the re­lease of the priest.

Dio­cese spokesper­son Fr. S. Michael Raj said copies of the me­moran­dum, signed by the Bishop, had been sent to Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi, Tamil Nadu Chief Min­is­ter Jay­alalithaa, Ex­ter­nal Af­fairs Min­is­ter Sushma Swaraj and For­eign sec­re­tary Su­jatha Singh.

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