Two Indian workers abducted by rebels in South Sudan released,tweets Sushma Swaraj

Surabhi Shaurya
"I appreciate the efforts of Indian Ambassador in South Sudan Srikumar Menon for the release of Indian national," Sushma Swaraj wrote on Twitter. "

New Delhi: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Friday said that two Indian nationals who were abducted by rebels in South Sudan earlier this month have been released with the intervention of Government of India. Taking to micro-blogging site Twitter, Sushma Swaraj wrote,”I am happy to inform about the release of two Indian nationals Midhun and Edward who were abducted in South Sudan.” Showering praise on Indian Ambassador in South Sudan Srikumar Menon, she posted, “I appreciate the efforts of Indian Ambassador in South Sudan Srikumar Menon for the release of Indian nationals.”



According to South Sudan government, two Indians Midhun Ganesh and Edward Ambrose, who hailed from Tamil Nadu and a Pakistani national Ayaz Hussein Jamali, who worked for DAR Petroleum were abducted on March 8 and March 19 respectively.

“Following requests from Indian and Pakistani governments, the Sudanese and Ethiopian governments coordinated together to secure the release of the three oil workers,” Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Service said in a statement earlier.

Earlier on Thursday,  Midhun, Edward and Jamali were brought to Khartoum in a special aircraft from Ethiopia, an AFP correspondent reported. While talking to the news agency, 26-year-old Midhun Ganesh said,“We were not tortured or ill-treated by our captors.” “They kidnapped us in order to tell the international community that foreigners should leave South Sudan. The rebels want to shut down all oil processing plants in South Sudan,” Pak national Jamali told reporters at the airport.

Yesterday too, Sushma Swaraj took to Twitter and conveyed that  29 workers from Saudi Arabia, who were held hostage in Saudi Arabia have been rescued. The government has rescued 29 Indian workers from Saudi Arabia and is also paying for their flight tickets, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj posted on Thursday night.


Swaraj was approached by Telangana minister K T Rama Rao who had sought her intervention in the rescue of the 29 migrant workers from the state held in captivity by a company in Saudi Arabia.

(With inputs from Agencies)