Kidnapped Indian in Afghanistan dead
Simon Paranthaman (39), kidnapped in Afghanistan for ransom, is dead, according to official sources here. “We have lost him,” they said.
Paranthaman, who hails from a village near Kallakurichi in Villupuram district of Tamil Nadu, was abducted along with two Afghans in October last from the Herat province in western Afghanistan. He is survived by wife Vasanthi, daughter Nirmala (10) and son Ajit (8).
He was travelling in a vehicle with the driver and an interpreter to deliver food on behalf of his employer, Italian food company Ciano International, to Italian troops at a base when the abductors struck. His brother Subramaniam too works for the company and it was he who informed the family about the kidnapping.
There was no word on whether the Taliban was behind his killing. The sources said besides the Taliban, a number of gangs indulged in kidnappings for ransom or sought protection money.
The news of Paranthaman’s death was conveyed on Monday by the Afghan authorities to the Indian Embassy in Kabul, the sources said.