Kumar was kidnapped on June 2 by unidentified gunmen from an unknown militant group in the Herat region of Afghanistan.

Kumar’s family on Tuesday urged the Indian government to take concrete steps to ensure the safe release of the Indian national.

A native of Tamil Nadu, Kumar was working with the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS), an educational charity, as its Afghanistan Director and has been in the country for over three years.

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Before moving to Afghanistan, Kumar had worked for the JRS, serving Sri Lankan refugees in Tamil Nadu.

Kumar had accompanied teachers on a visit to a JRS-supported school for the returnee refugees in Sohadat village, 25 km from the city of Herat. He was kidnapped from the school as he was about to return to Herat, the JRS said.

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Vaiko has always tried to portray himself as the savior of Tamils by staging several protests against the atrocities committed on them in Sri Lanka.


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