In a shocking case, four Indian oil technicians and their Sudanese driver have been abducted in an area adjoining Sudan’s disputed oil rich region of Abyei. Ajaz spoke with the estranged family of one of the kidnapped, Adib Shaikh. Four Indian oil technicians were kidnapped in an area adjoining Sudan’s disputed oil rich region of Abyei. The captives, all men in their 30s, work for Petro Energy Contracting Services, which provides technical services to the oil industry. The company employs 75 Indians in Sudan. The four were abducted in the late afternoon of May 13 while returning from Neem oil field to Heglig. One of the kidnapped, Adib Shaikh is a resident of Vashi naka. Our team spoke with the brother of the abducted who stated that the owner of the oil company in Sudan was not taking up any measures to find his brother nor were the Sudan authorities helping in the matter. The estranged family also alleges that that the Indian ambassador at Sudan, Deepak Vohra had not taken up the matter seriously and despite sending various emails to him, the reply was always the same. The Abyei region is prey to sporadic violence between tribes who are aligned either with the Arab-dominated government in Khartoum or with the ex-rebel administration in the south, but this is the the first time Indians have been kidnapped in Sudan. Its been ten days now and the family of the kidnapped can only pray for the return of their loved ones. With cameraperson Abhishek Gaekwad, Ajaz Khan for NMTV News.
March 4, 2012