Abducted Kerala priest Tom Uzhunnalil in critical state I Video
New Delhi: Christian priest Father Tom Uzhunnalil who was abducted by gunmen in Yemen a couple of months back is in a critical state, according to video clippings released by Mathrubhumi News. The channel has telecast visuals of the Father being threatened by the gunmen. The video clips shows the priest in a serious condition with a long beard and unkept hair. Visuals of attack against the priest is also shown in the clip with his eyes closed by a cloth.
The video was released by Mathrubhumi News after it was sent to the relatives of the Father. Though the video is proof of his existence, it is still not clear where he has been taken after abducting him.
Fr Uzhunnalil was kidnapped on March 4 during an attack on a convent and nursing home run by the Missionaries of Charity in the strike-torn Yemen. The attack had caused the deaths of 16 persons, including four nuns of the Missionaries of Charity, two staff members and eight nursing home residents.
The External Affairs Ministry is still in the dark over the whereabouts of Tom Uzhunnalil, a Salesian priest hailing from Rampuram near Pala. Last Easter, there were reports that the Father was taken to Turkey. But with visuals of the Father in a pitiable state coming out, the centre is planning to begin investigations. The MPs from Kerala have sought action and will be meeting External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in New Delhi on Thursday.
The visuals of the Father being attacked by the IS gunmen have been uploaded even in his Facebook page. It looks like the abductors have hacked his account to post the video.