A suspected terror group in Senegal has reportedly abducted Shreekumar Varma, a member of the Travancore royal family who is a also a writer and lives in Chennai, according to TOI.
Chennai police got in touch with the authorities in Dakar and they claimed that Shreekumar Varma is safe.
The Union ministry of external affairs confirmed the abduction and said "it was looking into the matter", reported TOI.
Sources told TOI, he had taken a trip to Senegal to sell some of the Raja Ravi Varma works which were owned by the royal family. He reached Dakar on Wednesday and went missing in Senegal, the capital. The Chennai police was contacted by his son Karthik Varma claiming that he got a call from +444 and the stranger said that his father was in hos custody.
Shreekumar Varma is the son of Indira Bai, the second daughter of Travancore regent Maharani Pooradam Thirunal Sethu Lakshmi Bayi.