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Jaya writes to PM Modi to secure Indian's release in Afghanistan

Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa wrote to Modi asking him to take up the matter at the highest level in Afghanistan.

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Updated:June 5, 2014, 3:25 PM IST
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Jaya writes to PM Modi to secure Indian's release in Afghanistan
Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa wrote to Modi asking him to take up the matter at the highest level in Afghanistan.

Chennai: Tamil Chief Minister Jayalalithaa has appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to intervene and secure Indian NGO worker Father Alexis Prem Kumar's release in Afghanistan. She wrote to Modi asking him to take up the matter at the highest level in Afghanistan so that local authorities can double their efforts to release Kumar.

Noting that Father Alexis Prem Kumar, hailing from Dindigul district, was on a "humanitarian mission" in Afghanistan when he was kidnapped, she said, "The incident has caused considerable anxiety to his family and friends in Tamil Nadu".

In her letter to Modi, Jayalalithaa said there was a groundswell of sentiment in different parts of the state as Prem Kumar has a "stellar record" of having worked among tribal women and children for their welfare. "There is a fear that his life may be in mortal danger", she said.

"Hence I would be grateful if you could kindly intervene personally and take up the matter at the highest level in Afghanisthan so that the local authorities redouble their efforts to secure the safe and early release of Father Alexis Prem Kumar", she said.

Earlier Jaya's rival and DMK Chief Karunanidhi had also asked the Prime Minister to step in and ensure the safe release of Father Alexis Prem Kumar.

(With additional information from PTI)

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