A little after Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu told reports that an Indian IT professional might be one of the hostages, IT and consulting major Infosys confirmed that one of its employees is indeed inside the café.
“We can confirm that one Infosys employee is among the hostages at the Lindt Cafe in Sydney. 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,” a statement from the company said.
The statement from Infosys further said that the family of the employee had been informed and were being given all possible support.
Earlier in the day Venkaiah Naidu had said, "We don't want to discuss it because there is some information that one of our IT persons is also there. So the External Affairs Ministry is keeping in touch with concerned people there-- both our embassy as well as our counterpart also."
Several people were taken hostage at a popular cafe in the heart of Sydney city in south-east Australia by one gunman this morning, leading to evacuation of important buildings, including the Indian consulate which is located 300-400 metres from the cafe.
In Sydney, Consul General Sunjay Sudhir told PTI that due to security concerns "we locked down our office at 12:00 PM and asked all our officers to go to places of safety".
He said that the Central Business District (CBD) where the cafe is located is the area where many Indian establishments including the SBI, Bank of Baroda and Indian tourism office are located.
"We are in touch with the security agencies and have asked them specifically if any Indians were present inside the cafe...they have not told us about the nationality," Sudhir said.