Raman Kutty, an Indian BRO driver abducted in Afghanistan on November 19 has been killed by the Taliban. We didn’t expect him to return alive once he was abducted by the Islamic terror outfit that ruled Afghanistan in a beastly from the mid-90s till ousted by US military following the 911 attacks.
That’s not the story that we are talking here. Just want to know from the Indian government why they have not taken adequate steps to protect our citizens sent to work in hostile countries? Three truckers were abducted in Iraq last year. Ok, agreed they were working for a private firm in Kuwait and were not briefed about the possible situations they might have to face when being sent to Iraq. The government issued prompt advisory warnings for Indian’s not to seek work there. But what about BRO? How could the Taliban abduct a BRO personnel which is a paramilitary force? Were they not protected enough? If not, why? This is not a peace keeping operation going on in Congo. We sent them on a highway construction project.
If the government can’t do anything on stopping such tragedy to befall, it should stop all activities in hostile countries even if they mean India will gain economically or strategically. Our lives are over such things. It is high time that we start value the lives of our own people put in perilous missions in hostile environments. The government instead of arranging meetings must (and must is a must) seek guarantees from the Afghan government and its US & NATO protectors on the life and well being of every individual we send there for development activities.