Kin pin hope on government

Most of the workers kidnapped in Iraq don’t have passports with them

NEW DELHI: There was urgency in Gurpinder’s voice though she ddidn’t want to talk for long on the phone. She rather wanted to try calling her brother abducted in Iraq, hoping against hope that she'll be able to speak to him.

There has been no news of her brother ever since he went missing from the northern Iraqi city of Mosul. He was among the 40 Indian construction workers, mostly from Punjab, who have allegedly been abd-ucted by the jihadist group ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Levant).

Gurpinder says her brother had been in Iraq for 11 months and hopes that the Indian government will do its best to rescue the hostages.

The sister of yet another abducted man said, “Till there is action, there is no satisfaction.”

What is also worrying the distraught families is the fact that many of them do not even have passports with them.

The families claimed that the passports were taken away by the construction company that employed them.

There were even some media reports here with some family members claiming they had even been able to speak to their abducted kin. With most of the workers belonging to Punjab, CM Parkash Singh Badal spoke to external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj to seek the Centre’s help to bring those abducted or stranded back.

( Source : dc correspondent )
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