ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / June 26, 2011) – The family of an Indian man kidnapped in the southern Philippines has appealed to authorities to help them locate the victim believed being held by Abu Sayyaf militants.
Gunmen seized Biju Kolara Veetil, 36, while visiting the family of his Filipina wife in the town of Patikul in Sulu province on Thursday.
“My wife and I are suffering from ill health. From the moment we learnt the news, we have plunged into despair and grief. There is no way he can be contacted. During such dire times, we plead to you for assistance,” the victim’s father, Narayanan K., a former Indian army officer, said in a letter published by the Kuwait Times.
It said the hostage is an operations manager for the Kuwait Bronze Al-Tawooz Company.
Biju and his wife, Elena Asanji, were only vacationing in Patikul when gunmen barged into the woman’s house and seized the foreigner.
Police has tagged the Abu Sayyaf as behind the kidnapping and identified those who are holding the Indian man as Namil Aharadj, Mamih Samlahun, Ninok Sappari and Almudjir Yadah. (Mindanao Examiner)