Bookmark Kaumudi Online  Bookmark this site  Editor@Kaumudi  |  Marketing  Print Advt rates  |  Calendar 2018        Go!    
 
 
July 21, Saturday 2018 4:48 PM       

       HEADLINES: Search for Maoists in Wayanad, third captive escaped                                              Centre grants Rs 80 crore to Kerala as monsoon relief fund                                              Mother and son found hanging                                              “Government complete failure in tackling monsoon calamities”: Chennithala                                              PM’s stand towards all-party delegation calls for protest: CPM                                              Modi mocks Rahul over his gesture, says he is in 'hurry' to get PM's chair                                              Death in pothole accidents on roads 'frightening': SC                                              Ammunition room hidden in  Red Fort                                              Rape attempt: Temple priest arrested in Haryana                                              15 injured as school bus falls off bridge in Chattisgarh                                              Indian detainees in US not handcuffed, says volunteer                                              Trump invites Putin to US for talks amidst backlash over first summit in Helsinki                                              Heat wave has Tokyo residents concerned about Olympics                                              Ramanathan enters semifinals, Paes out of Hall of Fame Open                                              Kaumudi Facebook
       KERALA Next Article: ISIS Malayali dies  
       No ransom paid for release of father Tom Uzhunnalil: Union govt
 
         Posted on :15:38:44 Sep 13, 2017
   
A A
       Last edited on:00:58:06 Sep 14, 2017
         Tags: No ransom paid for release of father Tom Uzhu
 

Thiruvananthapuram: The Centre on Wednesday said no ransom amount was paid to abductors for the release of father Tom Uzhunnalil and underlined that the ministry of external affairs “works quietly without noise, but ultimately gets the work done”.

The Keralite priest was abducted by Islamic State terrorists during a deadly attack on a care home in the port city of Aden in war-ravaged Yemen on 6 March 2016. At least 15 people at the old-age home were killed in the attack.

“Release of father Uzhunnalil yesterday underlines one thing that the ministry of external affairs works quietly and without noise, but ultimately gets the work done,” Union minister of state for external affairs V.K. Singh told a press conference in Thiruvananthapuram.

The Union minister said “no” when asked whether any ransom was paid for the release of the priest. “We know the type of criticism that had come couple of times when father Uzhunnalil disappeared in Yemen. We are very happy that he has come back safely and I’m sure people will appreciate that we were able to get him out safe and sound,” Singh added.

On the role played by Oman, Singh said various methods were adopted to tackle a problem. “If a direct method failed to yield results, indirect methods are adopted and the aim is to get the problem solved,” he said.

Asked whether Uzhunnanlil contacted any Indian officials to thank the government following his release, Singh said, “I’m quite sure that he will do it after he gets back from the Vatican.” It was for the priest to decide when he would come to India, Singh said responding to a question.

A video of Uzhunnalil had surfaced in December last year in which he appealed to the government to free him. In the clip, Uzhunnalil was seen saying, “If I were a European priest, I would have been taken more seriously. I’m from India. I’m perhaps not considered of much value.”

In July, Union minister Sushma Swaraj had taken up the issue of Uzhunnalil’s abduction with the deputy prime minister of Yemen and requested him to secure the release of the priest. Last year, Swaraj had said Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself has spoken to various countries so that the priest could be released.

A A
       KERALA
Next Article: ISIS Malayali dies
 
 
KERALA HEADLINES
Writer withdraws controversial novel ‘Meesha’  
Rain fury: Central team continues visits; State ministers criticised  
Central government team satisfied in disaster relief measures, another team to reach soon  
Is body found at Kunjithanni belongs to Jasna?  
PM’s stand towards all-party delegation calls for protest: CPM  
“Government complete failure in tackling monsoon calamities”: Chennithala  
Mother and son found hanging  
Centre grants Rs 80 crore to Kerala as monsoon relief fund  
Search for Maoists in Wayanad, third captive escaped  
Rifa, a gentleman in Campus; allegations shock classmates  
Woman police officer transferred for helping sexual abuse case accused  
In BJP list, there was no Kannanthanam: Kanam  
Malabar cement corruption: Petition seeking CBI inquiry dismissed  
Jose Maveli arrested for hushing up sexual abuse in Janaseva Sisubhavan  
Irregularity over Jail IG’s elevation: Finance department recommends action  
6000 kg fish laced with formalin seized from Vadakara  
No need to file case against Cardinal over land deal: SC  
Received valuable information on Jasna: Govt  
Jail warden found hanging  
Popular Front threatens to kill newly-married couple, DYFI steps in to protect  
Health Condition of VS satisfactory: Doctors  
Kochuveli-Mysore train will run every day shortly: Kannanthanam  
Fake Twitter Account in CM’s name  
Jishnu Pranoy case: CBI reaches Nadapuram  
Rs 11 crore for development of Ernakulam Medical College  
 
Do you think Rahul Gandhi acted like a joker in Parliament on Friday?
yes
 
no
 
no opinion
 
 
 
Home Kerala India World Business Sports Sci&Tech Education Automobile CityNews Movies Environment Letters 
© Copyright keralakaumudi Online 2011  |  Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission is prohibited.
Head Office Address: Kaumudi Buildings, Pettah P.O, Trivandrum - 695024, India.
Online queries talk to Deepu Sasidharan, + 91 98472 38959 or Email deepu[at]kaumudi.com
Customer Service -Advertisement Disclaimer Statement   |  Copyright Policy