A group of tribals joined NGO workers in Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu, to pray for the release of a Jesuit priest who was abducted in Afghanistan.
Fr Alexis Prem Kumar, who is suspected to be in Taliban custody, had earlier worked in Kodaikanal to spread education among tribal people, reported mattersindia.com . Unidentified gunmen took him into custody when he had gone to visit a school in Herat region of Afghanistan.
Volunteers at the mass prayer fondly remembered the 47-year-old priest’s dedication and commitment for the advancement of poor tribal people. The prayer was held at the unorganized sector workers’ union office in the hill station on Wednesday.
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Father Kumar reportedly visited tribal communities there. Members of a settlement of about 40 families in Lower Kodaikanal spoke to Times of India about their shock over the news of abduction of the priest who has helped them.