Kidnapped Indian Returns; MEA Thanks Afghan Government

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New Delhi

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) today thanked the Afghan Government after the last of the seven Indians kidnapped a two-and-a-half years ago returned back on September 12.

Last month, two of them had returned to India. The MEA had then too thanked Kabul for its “constant and unwavering support” in securing their release.

These Indians were working for Maharashtra-based KEC in an area that has seen pioneering work by India after the fall of the Taliban regime in 2001. The KEC owns an electricity substation contract in the area and has over 60 Indians working across Afghanistan.

India had built the power transmission line from Pul-e-Khumri, close to where the kidnapping took place, to Kabul as part of several development projects in the aftermath of the ouster of the Taliban government in 2001. One Indian had returned in March last year and three came back last October in exchange for 11 Taliban prisoners. — TNS

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