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Politicians make a beeline for abducted Judith’s home, offer help

nation Updated: Jun 13, 2016 09:03 IST

KOLKATA: Even as Afghan security agencies are trying to trace Judith D’Souza who was abducted in Kabul late on Thursday, political parties are making a beeline for the D’Souza home on CIT Road.

After TMC Rajya Sabha MP Derek O Brien and a BJP delegation, a Left delegation led by CPI(M) general-secretary Sitaram Yechuri met Judith’s family on Sunday. Congress was not left behind. State Congress president Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury wrote a letter to external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj asking her to ensure a safe return.

“We also requested the external affairs ministry to make every possible effort to ensure a safe return of Judith. I visited her residence and spent some time with her parents and siblings. The visit is to convey a message that we are with them during this troubling time,” said Yechury. Gunmen abducted Judith late on Thursday in the Qala-e-Fatullah area of Kabul.

External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj called Judith’s father Denzil on Friday and said the government would extend all possible help to find her. “The external affairs ministry is in constant touch with us. A joint secretary level officer is coordinating with us giving constant updates. Since these are official proceedings, we don’t want to make the updates public,” said Judith’s brother, Jerome.

First Published: Jun 13, 2016 09:03 IST