Stephen telephoned. He was extremely frightened. He said something had happened to scare him at
He said he was sure he would not get back home because these people were going to murder him and he was saying goodbye and that he loved us and to look after his children. I asked where he was, but he really did not know and he had to ask someone what the town was called. So how did he get there if he did not even know the name of the place? Stephen said it looked like some big town near
I later found on the internet that Panjum is a local name for Panaji. I told him to ring back in 15 minutes, and I would see if I could get a safe address for him. Note: at this time he was very clear that he did not have a passport or money. He had only a TSB credit card without the pin number and some small change, so I told him to book into a ‘good’ hotel using the card as they would not need the pin number, and if necessary I can send money from here. He was worried about his appearance as he had been unable to shave or wash.
In that conversation, Stephen said
He had a small amount of cash and a credit card in his pocket. It is very likely that he was abducted from
I contacted various addresses in
He said the time in Panaji was about 7.30 so I was concerned that their office would be shut. This call was made from a noisy place such as a bar or café, or it could have been a TV in the background, and he had to ask someone nearby for a pen to write down the address. He promised to ring me back.
I tried to ring the British Toursit’s number myself but got nowhere with my efforts. Stephen did not ring back that day. I now believe he was being held captive.