New Delhi, Sept 15: Two Indians who were held captive in Libya have been released. Announcing the same on her Twitter handle, External Affairs minister said: "Happy to inform that T Gopalkrishna and C Balram Kishan have been rescued. They were being held captive by a group at Libya since July 29 2015."
On July 29, four Indians were abducted by a group suspected to be owing allegiance to the ISIS. All of them worked with the University of Sirte in Nothern Libya. On the day of the abduction, the four were planning on travelling to the airport to reach India.
I am happy to inform that T Gopalakrishna (AP) & C BalaramKishan (Telangana) who were captive in Libya since 29 July 2015 have been rescued.
I am happy to inform that T Gopalakrishna (AP) & C BalaramKishan (Telangana) who were captive in Libya since 29 July 2015 have been rescued.— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) September 15, 2016
The four people abducted were Laxmikant, Vijay Kumar, Balram and Gopalkrishna. While Laxmikant and Kumar from Karnataka were freed within four days of being held captive, Balram of Telangana and Gopalkrishna of Andhra Pradesh were not as lucky.
The families had started to get impatient and had even given up hope. However, the External Affairs Ministry constantly assured that there would be a breakthrough. Although the terms of the release is not clear, the ministry had remained in constant touch with Libya and finally the breakthrough happened.