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Anxious Wait for Kin of Doctor Abducted in Libya

Published: 19th September 2015 04:30 AM  |   Last Updated: 19th September 2015 05:35 AM   |  A+A-

ELURU:Family members of 60-year-old Kosanam Rama Murthy from Dondapadu village in Eluru Rural mandal of West Godavari district, who was abducted by an Islamic terrorist group in Sirte (Libya), are anxiously waiting for good news from the Indian Embassy in Libya.

Rama Murthy, along with Dr. Pravash Ranjan Samal from Odisha and four nurses, was abducted from their workplace at Ibn-e-Sina in Sirte on Wednesday.

Originally a native of Kappala Doddi village in Guduru mandal, near Pedana, of Krishna district, Rama Murthy settled in Dondapadu a decade-and-a-half ago. His wife Annapurna Bhavani, daughter Nirisha and son Pavan Manikantha Kumar are all living in Dondapadu.

He went to Libya 15 years ago, to work as a physician. He used to visit his family members quite often. Annapurna came to know of Rama Murthy’s abduction through vernacular news channels and is yet to receive official information about his whereabouts. When contacted, she said, “My husband went to Libya to serve as a doctor. I heard the news of his abduction through news channels on Wednesday. I am really worried about his safety and so are my in-laws. During his visit to India in May 2014, he said that the condition in Libya was pretty bad. After undergoing medical treatment here, he went to Libya in August last.”

Rama Murthy reportedly called her 10 days ago stating that the communication system at his workplace in Sirte got disrupted. “He said that there was no electricity in his area and wanted to get back to India badly, but the Embassy did not pay heed to his requests. For the last six months, he has been trying to return to India. But, as there is a requirement for doctors in Libya, all his efforts did not fructify,” she lamented.

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