New Delhi: India is in touch with Italy to facilitate assistance through authorities concerned in connection with the kidnapping of two Italian tourists who were abducted by Maoists from a tribal-dominated area in Odisha, official sources said on Sunday.
The Ministry of External Affairs contacted Italy after the abduction that took place last night, the sources said.
Odisha's Director General of Police Manmohan Praharaj said, "There is information about abduction of two persons by Maoists in Kandhamal district. Further details are awaited."
State Home Secretary UN Behera said the abduction took place last night.
Kandhamal District Collector RP Patil said the incident was believed to have taken place in the bordering area of Kandhamal and Ganjam districts and the situation was being closely monitored though no detailed information was available immediately.
A senior police officer said the foreigners, who had visited the area on March 12 along with two others from Puri, were identified as Bosusco Paolo and Claudio Colangelo.