New Delhi: India is in touch with Italy and is keeping it informed of the latest developments in connection with the kidnapping of two Italian tourists by Maoists from a tribal-dominated region in Odisha, official sources said on Sunday.

External Affairs Minister S M Krishna spoke to Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik who briefed him on the efforts being made by the state government in securing the early release of the two Italians, they said.

The Ministry of External Affairs is in touch with Italy to facilitate assistance through the authorities concerned and is keeping it informed about the latest developments in the abduction case, the sources said.

Italian Consul General Joel Nechiori has reached Bhubaneswar to take stock of the situation, they said, adding he has met state Home Secretary U N Behera and others.

Collector R P Patil in Odisha's Kandhamal district said the incident was believed to have taken place in the bordering area of Kandhamal and Ganjam districts and the situation was being closely monitored.

A senior police officer said the foreigners, who had visited the area on March 12 along with two others from Puri, were identified as Bosusco Paolo and Claudio Colangelo.

The state Home Secretary said the abduction took place last night.

(Agencies)