Congress leader Manish Tewari on Thursday suggested that ransom may have been paid for the release of Jesuit priest Father Alexis Prem Kumar Ananthaswamy in Afghanistan, latching to reported comments of his family regarding it.
The parents of an American hostage threatened with beheading by Islamic State militants said in an interview with "CBS This Morning" on Monday that they are unable to meet the financial and other demands of their son`s captors.
The family of murdered American journalist James Foley says it was threatened by a US official who warned that family members could be charged with supporting terrorism if they paid a ransom to his Islamist captors, ABC News reported on Friday.
A 38-year-old man, said to be a member of the Arun Gawli gang, has been arrested by the anti-extortion cell of Thane crime branch for allegedly demanding a ransom of Rs five lakh from a Dombivali-based hotel-owner, police said.
The family members of a 32-year-old techie Irfan Jaffrey, who was kidnapped 3 months back by gunmen at Darfur in Sudan, today said they are feeling abandoned in this crisis and are ready to pay ransom demanded by the abductors.
Former Pakistan prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has said that his son Ali Haider`s kidnappers have never asked for a ransom as they were only interested in securing release of some Taliban prisoners, media reported Monday.