P.R. No.283 Date:12.06.

2014


PRESS RELEASE

Selvi J Jayalalithaa, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu had
written a letter to Shri Narendra Modi, Hon’ble Prime Minister of
India on 4.6.2014 requesting him to personally intervene and take
up the matter at the highest level in Afghanistan to secure the safe
and early release of Father Alexis Prem Kumar who was abducted by
suspected militants in Herat Province of Afghanistan.
The Hon’ble Prime Minister of India has promptly responded to
the letter of Hon’ble Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu and written a letter
dated 5.6.2014 to Hon’ble Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu stating that
the Government of India will spare no effort for the safe and earliest
possible release of Father Prem Kumar.
The text of the letter dated 5.6.2014 addressed to
Selvi J Jayalalithaa, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu by
Shri Narendra Modi, Hon’ble Prime Minister of India is reproduced
below:-
“I thank you for your letter of June 4. I too am deeply
concerned by the abduction of Father Alexis Prem Kumar in
Herat province of Afghanistan. I have been assured that the
Government of Afghanistan and the authorities in Herat are
taking every possible step to ensure the early release of
Father Prem Kumar. Our Ambassador in Kabul has been in
regular touch with the President’s Office and the security
agencies. My National Security Advisor has also spoken to
the Afghan National Security Advisor, who has assured full
and sustained efforts by the Afghan Government to seek
Father Prem Kumar’s release.
As you would fully appreciate, this is an extremely
delicate situation and our primary concern at this stage is to
ensure the integrity of the ongoing efforts for Father Prem
Kumar’s release and to ensure that he does not come to
harm. I can assure you that the Government will spare no
effort for the safe and earliest possible release of Father Prem
Kumar. I will continue to monitor the situation very closely.”
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Issued by: Director, Information & Public Relations, Chennai – 9
Date: 12.6.2014.

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