Viswakanth is a resident of Guntur in Andhra Pradesh.
Earlier in the day, Infosys issued a statement confirming that its employee is among the hostages at the cafe. “We are also in the process of confirming the whereabouts of all our other employees in the city. We are in constant touch with the local authorities and Indian Consulate in Sydney for updates on the situation on ground,” Infosys said.
An armed man has held several people hostage for over 15 hours at the cafe at Martin’s Place, a major shopping and pedestrian thoroughfare near the Sydney Opera House in the central business district of the city.
The Indian consulate, about 400 metres from the cafe, was evacuated and closed. MEA spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said, “We have standard procedures to deal such incidences. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has been in touch with the High Commissioner who in turn is in touch with Indian authorities. We have evacuated the staff from the counsel building but the Deputy Counsel General is available.”
The MEA said Indians can contact the High Commission at +61 419687008.
Sydney siege: Infosys employee safe