The Reason Behind ISIS Releasing Karnataka Hostages

Published: 02nd August 2015 04:10 AM  |   Last Updated: 03rd August 2015 05:23 PM   |  A+A-


Two teachers from Karnataka who were released from alleged captivity of Islamic State terror group (ISIS) in Libya recalled their tense moments when they got abducted. According to one of the teachers, Vijay Kumar's narrative the IS terrorist locked all four of them in a dark room as fear engulfed in his heart. He was constantly reminded by well-known acts of ISIS towards their hostages.

One of the IS person walked into the room and started enquiring their asked for their names, religion and their profession. Luck turned towards them once they informed that they were teachers at Sirte University in Libya. An IS leader introduced to them as Sheikh spoke to other personel in Arabic.

According to leading English daily, Kumar recalls that Sheikh tells them that  "We have great respect for teachers and you have helped many Libyan children learn something. We will not blindfold or handcuff you."

Explaining how they were kidnapped, Laxmikanth, who hails from Raichur in north Karnataka, said that four of them were travelling in two cars towards the airport on July 29. Their car stopped at check post where masked men demanded them to enter their vehicles.

Laxmikanth pleaded with Sheikh to see his 6-month old daughter when Sheikh questioned them about why they were leaving India. They were driven back to Sirte University and a terrified Laxmikanth has decided never to return to Libya under these conditions.

Both Kumar and Lakshmikanth said no harm was done to them during captivity and they were treated quite well.

Four Indian teachers, including two others from Hyderabad, were kidnapped in Libya allegedly by the ISIS while returning to India from Tripoli on July 29. Presently, efforts are on to secure the release of two others from Hyderabad.

(With inputs from PTI)


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