Deputy provincial police chief Mohammad Nadir Fahimi said six gunmen had abducted Kumar without using any force and may have taken him to Gulran district. He said authorities were working with district elders to mediate his release.
“We are trying to get him back safely,” said provincial governor Fazelullah Wahidi.
“Since this was the only Indian charity in the region, whoever planned the kidnapping had a fair idea about the target,” said a source. The priest’s 77-year-old father Anthony, a retired teacher, told PTI that Kumar went to Herat in 2011 to do social work and help poor people. “He came home in February and left for Afghanistan in March. He used to talk to us frequently over the phone and always said that there was no problem from militants,” said Anthony. “I request the government to take necessary steps immediately to rescue my son from the militants,” he added. The abduction comes just days after heavily-armed gunmen had tried to storm the Indian Consulate in Herat.
(With PTI inputs)