Gorakhpur, a city in Uttar Pradesh, born Tabassum Mansoor, a school principal, played a key role in the release of seven hostages who were kidnapped in Libya last month. The Indian men were subsequently released on October 11. Tabassum is the principal of Indian International School- IIS which is in Benghazi, Libya. She has been staying there for the last 40 years.
59-year-old Tabassum Mansoor took charge in the case after Puneet Roy Kundal, the Indian Ambassador to Tunisia, designated her to stay in contact with the Libyan authorities and the other key players in the case and take ahead the process of local negotiation and settlement.
The seven Indian men were abducted during their journey from Brega to the Tripoli airport as they were about to take a flight to India on September 13. These men were employees of the Al Shola Al Mudea energy company in Libya.