Staff Correspondent

The Afghan Embassy is in constant touch with the family

Family glued to television to catch up with some news

MANGALORE: No news sometimes can be good news. But not for the Sarangs residing at Sarang House at Suralpady near here, which is desperate for some news on the fate of their abducted son, Sarang Mohammad Naeem.

The 39-year-old electrical engineer was abducted by an unknown group in Herat province of Afghanistan on Monday along with a Nepali colleague of his. There is no news on the fate of these kidnapped men.

Nissar Ahmad, uncle of Mr. Naeem, told The Hindu over phone from Mumbai that the Afghan Embassy was in constant touch with the family over phone.

“The Embassy has assured us that they are doing their best to trace the whereabouts of Mr. Naeem and other person abducted with him,” he said. Asserting that they have not received anything in writing, he said all that the family has got so far is verbal assurances from authorities.

Confirming this development, Basheer Ahmad Baji, a relative of Mohammad Hussain Sarang, father of Mr. Naeem, told The Hindu that the company for which Mr. Naeem worked has also assured the family of his safety. “Sunil Shetty, managing director of HEB International Logistics, has spoken with Mr. Hussain over phone and assured us that the company is doing everything for his release,” he said.

Zahoor, a relative of Mr. Naeem said the family is glued to television sets in the hope of catching up with some news of their abducted family member. Mr. Basheer said local leaders including the Congress candidate from Mangalore North Assembly constituency Moideen Bava and Ganjimath gram panchayat president Abdul Majeed visited the family.