SIVAGANGA: Family members of Catholic priest Alexis Prem Kumar, who was abducted in Afghanistan on Monday, were inconsolable when they visited the Sivaganga collectorate on Tuesday to submit a petition to Collector V Rajaraman requesting the intervention of the State and Central governments to rescue him.
Prem Kumar’s father Antony (75), a retired schoolteacher from Variyanvayal village, broke down when he submitted the petition. “Please rescue my son alive. God please save my son,” Antony said when he spoke to the media. Antony was accompanied by his younger son Albert Manoharan, a government schoolteacher, and daughter Sagayaselvi, a private schoolteacher, to the collectorate. “My son is always concerned about the welfare of people. When he spoke to me recently, he expressed concern about the status of Iran and Pakistan refugees in Afghanistan,” Antony told Express.
Manoharan said he had last received a message from Prem Kumar on Sunday. “Alexis sent me a text message about the demise of his colleague’s father in Afghanistan,” said Manoharan.
Prem Kumar’s family members last contacted him when an US embassy vehicle was attacked recently at Herat in Afghanistan. “Alexis told us he was safe in the Jesuit Refugee Services office. Even then he expressed concern about the refugees there,” said Manoharan. He was studious from childhood, said his brother. “I remember him talking about the plight of poor people he came across during his schooldays to me,” he recalled.