Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Sep 17:
A hospital technician from Odisha, who was abducted while serving in strife-torn Libya, has been reportedly released yesterday, family sources said today.
The abducted man–Pravash Ranjan Samal—hailing from Kendrapara was suspected to have been abducted by terrorist group ISIS.
While his family members confirmed the news, Ministry of External Affairs is yet to issue a formal statement.
As per his sister-in-law in Rourkela, Pravash called her up at around 3 PM Indian time this afternoon and confirmed the news.
“He called me today and said that he was released by the terrorist outfit last evening. He is doing fine. The group had abducted four people and only Pravash has been released on condition that he would continue to work in the hospital where he used to work. He was calling from a friend’s place and was not able to talk longer,” said Pravash’s sister-in-law Sasmita Samal.
“He has been in Libya for 20 years but never really had an issue. But the condition is getting worse there. We are extremely happy that he is okay. We are thankful to the government but at the same time we request them to do the needful to bring him back as soon as possible,” his brother Bibhuranjan Samal said.
The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), however, is yet to issue an official statement.
Notably, the MEA had issued a statement yesterday stating the abduction of two Indian men in war torn Libya. However, as per Pravash’s telephonic conversation with his family, four men have been kidnapped and three are still under hostage.
More importantly, the exact conditions of release and the reason for releasing only one man and keeping the rest three under hostage are yet to be cleared. Neither the government nor Pravash have been able to reveal any specifics about the abducting outfit either, even though it is widely speculated to be ISIS by security experts.