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India in touch with Afghan govt. : Cab. Sec. holds meeting

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New Delhi, Apr 29 (UNI) Cabinet Secretary B K Chaturvedi convened a high-level meeting here today to discuss the situation arising out of the kidnapping of an Indian telecom engineer in Afghanistan by the Taliban yesterday and reviewed the security arrangements for Indian workers in the war-torn country.

The Indian government also maintained constant touch with Afghanistan authorities and the International Security Assitance Force (ISAF) to secure the release of the telecom engineer even as his fate continued to be unknown.

The governent condemned the incident and the attempts by the Taliban and other hostile elements to intimidate Indian and other international and Afghan workers engaged in the reconstruction of Afghanistan and improving the lives of its people.

Minister of State for External Afairs E Ahamed, who is campaigning for elections in Kerala, told UNI on phone that the government had got in touch with the Afghan authorities and was also maintaining constant contact with its embassy in Kabul.

Reports from Kabul said local authorities and Afghan forces had also launched a massive manhunt for the kidnapped engineer.

The 41-year old Indian national, K Suryanayan, from Hyderabad, working on Afghanistan's mobile phone network for a Bahraini engineering and IT company, Al Moayed, was abducted yesterday at about 1700 hrs local time (1800 Hrs IST) on the Kabul-Kandahar highway in Sharjoy district of Zabul province.

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