New Delhi, June 11: As efforts continue to secure the release of Judith D'souza an Indian aid worker in Afghanistan, information trickling in suggests that it may not have been the handiwork of the Taliban.
As per the information shared with New Delhi, the abductors are likely to seek ransom and this has indicated that it could be the job of a organised cartel.
While at first it was believed that the abduction may have been the handiwork of the Taliban, investigations now suggest that it was an abduction for ransom.
There are several such cartels which operate in Afghanistan who thrive on ransom money. Sources in Delhi informed that all attempts are on to secure her release.
These cartels have been targeting aid workers and professionals in the past as well. It has become a thriving industry in Afghanistan and this year alone has seen 39 abductions.
Working on leads:
For now the investigators are working on the leads. Two persons have been questioned already. From what the investigations have revealed so far, it becomes clear that the kidnappers wanted money.
At first they attempted to steal the car in which Judith was travelling. However they decided against it and abducted her, the accounts given to the police by the driver has revealed.
It was only last month that the Embassy of India had issued a security alert to all Indian citizens residing in Afghanistan. It had also warned Indians travelling to Afghanistan warning that a persistent volatile situation exists in the country.
All Indians residing in Afghanistan and Indian travellers to Afghanistan are advised that the security situation in Afghanistan remains highly volatile.
Terrorist attacks have taken place in many parts of the country against a variety of targets including foreigners and are expected to continue. There is also the risk of kidnapping and hostage taking throughout the Afghanistan," the advisory further read.