Odia among two Indians kidnapped by ISIS militants in Libya

Bhubaneswar: One Odia among two Indian nationals has been kidnapped from Sirte in war-torn Libya, the government said today.

“It has been learnt by our Mission in Tripoli that two Indian nationals -Pravash Ranjan Samal, hailing from Odisha, and Ramamurthy Kosanam, resident of Andhra Pradesh, have apparently been taken from Ibn-e-Sina in Sirte where they had been working, and detained,” the Spokesperson in the External Affairs Ministry said.

He said all efforts were being made to “ensure the well- being and secure early release of our nationals”.

He also said that Indian mission in Tripoli was making further inquiries for confirmation of the incident and is in touch with the local people, who can help in securing release of the two Indian nationals.

The matter has also been taken up at diplomatic level, he added.

He reportedly belongs to Hantapada under Marshaghai block in Kendrapara district. He worked as a laboratory technician in Libya, his brother Bibhuranjan Samal told OTV. There has been no contact with him since August 20, he said. He appealed to the militant organisation to release him safely.

“My brother is innocent. He was there only to serve the people of Libya. I appealed to the kidnappers to release him safely”, a grieved Bibhuranjan said.

Meanwhile, chief minister Naveen Patnaik has directed Resident Commissioner in Delhi to keep in touch with MEA.

The latest incident comes even as two Indians, who were working in a university in Sirte, remain in the captivity after being abducted by Islamic militants in July.

Sirte is under the control of the Islamic State terror group, which is steadily expanding its influence in central Libya.. The matter has been taken up at diplomatic level. “All efforts are being made to ensure well being and secure early release of our nationals,” he said.

In July, four Indian teachers were kidnapped in Libya, allegedly by terror group Islamic State (IS).