Kidnappers of Indian Catholic priest send video demanding multi-million dollar ransom

Catholic priest Father Thomas Uzhunnalil, who was allegedly crucified on Good Friday in Yemen, has appeared in a video recently released by his abductors, asking for help, reported IBN Live. The report further stated that through the video, his abductors have demanded millions of dollars in ransom.

Catholic priest Father Thomas Uzhunnalil. IBN Live

Catholic priest Father Thomas Uzhunnalil. IBN Live

Father Thomas was kidnapped by Islamic State terrorists on 4 March in Aden. News of Father Thomas' crucifixion by Islamic State terrorists went viral on 25 March (Good Friday), however, as per the IBN Live report, there is no confirmation on the alleged crucifixion or whether the Indian priest is dead or alive. Moreover, the Indian government has said it was not sure of the involvement of Islamic State.

The Indian government and Chief Minister of Kerala Oommen Chandy have, meanwhile said, they were in contact with his relatives.

Meanwhile, Congress leader Manish Tewari and External Affairs Minister engaged in a war of words on Twitter after the Congress leader accused the BJP government of doing nothing regarding the alleged crucifixion of the Catholic priest.

The Indian priest was in a care home for senior citizens in Aden, when terrorists stormed in and shot dead many, including four nuns of the Missionaries of Charity. The shelter was set up my Mother Teresa in 1992, the report added.

According to the Catholic Encyclopedia, the Salesian Order of priesthood was founded by Saint Francis de Sales in Italy to save the rising generations from the disastrous consequences of false and atheistical philosophical teachings introduced at the time of the French Revolution.

With IANS inputs

Updated Date: Mar 30, 2016 13:55 PM

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