Sydney crisis: Helpline numbers set up by India

India has set up helpline numbers for any information regarding Indian nationals after hostage crisis unfolded at a Cafe in Martin Place in Sydney's business district.

Updated: Dec 15, 2014, 18:12 PM IST

Delhi: India has set up helpline numbers for any information regarding Indian nationals after hostage crisis unfolded at a Cafe in Martin Place in Sydney's business district.

The numbers were posted on the micro-blogging site Twitter by Foreign Ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin:

An Infosys employee is among those being held hostage by an unidentified armed man who stormed a downtown cafe in Sydney today, as per PTI.

The Indian Consulate located near the cafe was immediately evacuated along with many other buildings in the Australian city as a preventive step.

Government said all Indian staffers at the consulate are safe. The consulate is around 300-400 metres away from the Lindt cafe where an undisclosed number of people are being held hostage by the armed man.

With PTI inputs