Telugu states making efforts for release of Indians kidnapped in Libya

Hyderabad, July 31 (IANS) The governments of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana on Friday said they were making all efforts to seek the safe and early release of two men from the state who are among the four Indians kidnapped by terrorists in Libya.

Andhra Pradesh NRI Affairs Minister Palle Raghunath Reddy said the state government was making efforts with the help of the Indian government and Libya to secure release of Balram, a native of Srikakulam district in north coastal Andhra.

Four Indian men, including three who were working as lecturers, were kidnapped in Sirte in Libya.

One of them, Gopikrishna, is from Hyderabad. Balram is from neighbouring Andhra. The other two are from Karnataka.

Meanwhile, Union minister M. Venkaiah Naidu told reporters in Delhi that the central government was working to bring back the kidnapped men safely.

Naidu said he spoke to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, who assured him that the government will make all efforts to ensure their safe and early release.

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