Monitoring Afghan Probe For Missing Indian National In Kabul, Says Centre

New Delhi, Sep 16 (PTI): India is closely monitoring the investigation by the local Afghan authorities into the case of Bansuri Lal Arinde, an Indian national who reportedly went missing in Kabul, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said today.
MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said India is in touch with the local authorities in Kabul investigating the case.

“We’ve seen a missing person’s report about an Indian national, Bansuri Lal, missing in Kabul. We’re in touch with all concerned. We’ve seen reports about local authorities undertaking investigation,” Mr Bagchi said.

“We’ll continue to monitor the situation and tell you of any developments,” he added.

Mr Bagchi said that during Operation Devi Shakti, the majority of Indians were evacuated except some who were left behind due to the closure of Kabul airport.

During the weekly MEA briefing, Mr Bagchi also remarked about Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s participation in the Quad summit to be held in Washington.

“PM will participate in the first in-person Quad leaders’ summit in Washington on September 24,” the MEA spokesperson said.

“On September 25, he will address the UN general debate of the UN General Assembly at its 76th session. While PM is in Washington, he will also have a bilateral meeting with President Biden,” he added.

Mr Bagchi said that Foreign Minister S Jaishankar has left to attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Summit in Dushanbe to be held on Friday.