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The abducted workers, Murali and Varadaiah, aged 25 and hailing from a village in the Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh were taken away at gun point by the Taliban men near Qalat town, five kilometres away from the base camp of the company. The workers were travelling in a pick-up van along with two Afghans, a driver and supervisor, also working for the firm.
The Taliban were said to have beaten up the Afghans and taken away the Indians accusing them of being intelligence agents.
"Within half an hour we were informed about the kidnap through the satellite phone. We have no information about their whereabouts. There has been no ransom call either. Though we were aware of the dangers there this is the first such incident we have faced," said B. Seenaiah, Managing Director of the company.
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