Will take up Fr. Tom Uzhunnalil’s release with PM: Vijayan

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan informed the state assembly that he would take up with Prime Minister Narendra Modi the issue of release of priest Tom Uzhunnalil, abducted by IS terrorists in war-torn Yemen last year.

Replying to a calling attention motion in the House, he said the government was viewing the matter with utmost seriousness and would inform the state’s concern over the issue to the prime minister in the next meeting with him.

Father Uzhunnalil hails from Kottayam district of the state.

“As per reports, the plight of Fr. Tom, who was abducted by IS terrorists on March 4, 2016, is serious. We have already sent letters and memorandum to the Centre seeking intervention for his release,” Vijayan said.

“I will directly request Prime Minister to speed up efforts for his rescue during our next meeting in New Delhi,” he said.

Though it had been confirmed that the priest is in the captivity of terrorists, there is no information about where he is being kept, Vijayan said.

The state has limitations in directly intervening in an issue in strife-torn Yemen, he said.

(Agencies)

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