External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj has spoken to Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik regarding the reported abduction of a Canadian national in the state.
“I have spoken to Naveen Patnaik, chief minister regarding the reported abduction of a Canadian national in Koraput district of Odisha,” Swaraj tweeted on Tuesday. She has also asked for a report from the state government.
I have spoken to Shri Naveen Patnaik, Chief Minister reg the reported abduction of a Canadian national in Koraput district of Odisha. https://t.co/MEvrLlu2TB— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) March 28, 2017
John Schlazak is said to have disappeared from Singamdagu village in Sukma district, a Maoist den, Sukma assistant superintendent of police Jitendra Shukla told IANS. Schlazak had left Mumbai on a bike on March 14. He reached Bastar two days ago and was last seen in Singamdagu village in Sukma district, the officer said.
Authorities now suspect that he may have been kidnapped by Naxalites, reports said, adding a massive search operation has been launched to trace him.
(With inputs from IANS)