Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj is hailed for coming to the rescue of distressed Indians abroad and has also been lauded for her swift response. This time again an individual reached out for assistance, but the case was later found to be “staged”.
On 22 March, Rajeev Sharma tweeted a video of his brother being tortured. His brother, Vinay Mahajan had been allegedly kidnapped in Serbia. The kidnappers were threatening the family to pay ransom or else they would murder him.
The Minister immediately took stalk of the situation and brought the issue to the notice of her Indian counterparts in Serbia. Sharma further tweeted this information about his brother.
@SushmaSwaraj please help my brother his life in big trouble somebody kidnap in Serbia country and ask him send the money unless we kill him— rajeev sharma (@rajivsharma103) March 21, 2017
A few hours later, Swaraj even tweeted a happy message to Sharma and his family. The Indian is now safe.
Vinay Mahajan has been found and is in safe custody of Serbian authorities. @rajivsharma103— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) March 23, 2017
But later on Thursday night, Swaraj informed that the kidnapping was “stage-managed” and the video was “fake”.