The spokesperson in the external affairs ministry denied that Kumar had any connection with the Indian government.
As the officials wait to hear from Afghan authorities, what is also confusing is why the priest left Harat city limits. There were strict advisories that Indians working there — including the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) members, where the priest was the country director — should not leave the city. The abduction comes nearly 10 days after the attack on the Indian consulate in Herat on May 23.
Kumar had accompanied teachers on a visit to Sohadat village, 25 km from Herat. He was kidnapped from the school as he was about to return to Herat, the JRS said.