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Last Updated Monday September 18 2017 02:17 AM IST

1 year, 6 months and 8 days: a timeline of Fr Uzhunnalil's abduction and release

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» March 4, 2016: Catholic priest Fr Tom Uzhunnalil from Kottayam is abducted from an old people's home in Yemen by a group of armed militants

» March 25, 2016: Reports say the priest was crucified on Good Friday

» April 3, 2016: External affairs ministry assures that the priest is safe

» April 10, 2016: Pope Francis appeals for the release of Fr Uzhunnalil

» July 19, 2016: A photograph of Fr Uzhunnalil appears on his Facebook page in which he looks weaker than ever, with a full grown beard and a gray mop of hair. A video in which a man believed to be the priest being blindfolded and beaten up appears online

» July 20, 2016: Facebook page of Fr Uzhunnalil found deactivated

» December 24, 2016: The priest appeals for help to the Indian government in a video released on YouTube

» January 4, 2017: Union minister of state for external affairs M.J. Akbar says Fr Uzhunnalil was advised not to go to Yemen

» March 2: Kerala government asks the Center to speed up efforts for the rescue of the priest

» July 11: Deputy prime minister of Yemen Abdulmalik Abduljalil Al-Mekhlafi tells union minister Sushma Swaraj that Fr Uzhunnalil is alive

» September 12: The priest is released with the intervention of Oman Sultan

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