Govt making efforts to secure release of abducted priest says Sushma Swaraj


New Delhi: A video clipping allegedly of Father Tom Uzhunnalil, a Catholic priest from Kerala who was kidnapped by Islamic State militants in Yemen has surfaced on Facebook page. The photograph shows a fairly weak, white bearded Father Tom holding his hands crossing his heart.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj spoke in the Lok Sabha about efforts being made to free the Salesian priest. She said the authenticity of the video is being verified. She also assured the house that the government is making an all out effort to secure his release. "The matter has been taken up with whichever country we thought could help us, not just at my level but at the level of the Prime Minister too."

Speaking in the Parliament on the matter, Swaraj assured that the government was making same efforts for Father Tom as it did in the case of Father Alexis, who was brought back from Afghanistan.