The Government of India today clarified that no ransom was paid in connection with the release of Father Tom Uzhunnalil.
While responding to the query of scribes, Union Minister of State for External Affairs VK Singh clarified that the Kerala priest was released without any ransom being paid.
Singh said, the release of Uzhunnalil reflects that the Ministry of External Affairs get the work done quietly, without much propaganda.
The Kerala priest was kept under siege by the Islamic State terrorists since March 6, 2016, when the terrorist group attacked an old age care home in Aden where Uzhunnali and his team worked.
Meanwhile Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj tweeted that Uzhunnalil spoke to her from Vatican and conveyed his gratitude to the Government of India and the people.
Fr Tom has spoken to me from Vatican. He profusely thanked the Government of India especially the Prime Minister for efforts to rescue him.
— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) September 13, 2017