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Indian abducted in Poland
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 5
The Ministry of External Affairs today described the abduction of Indian national Harish Hitange in Warsaw on April 20 as “a criminal act” and said India had taken up the matter with the Polish authorities.

A spokesman of the ministry said Mr Hitange’s abduction was being investigated into by the Polish authorities, the Polish Police and law enforcement agencies.

“Ever since his abduction, our Ambassador has been actively working with the Polish authorities in Warsaw. He has continuously been making efforts to secure the release of Mr Hitange. We have also sought the cooperation of the Polish Embassy in Delhi,” the spokesman said.

Asked if the government was considering issuing a travel advisory for Indians planning to travel to Poland, the spokesman said the government would watch the situation before taking any such step.

In response to a question whether any ransom had been demanded for the hostage’s release, the spokesman said the Polish authorities were following this as a case of crime against a person staying in Poland, a person who happens to be from India.

On a question whether the government was in touch with the textile firm Mr Hitange was working for, the spokesman said the employers of Mr Hitange and the Indian community in Warsaw had been coordinating with the Polish authorities.
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