Iraq tur­moil: Govt ini­tia­tives for safe re­turn of all In­di­ans

The Political and Business Daily - - FRONT PAGE - PBD BUREAU/PTI

IN­DIA to­day said it was in con­stant touch with In­ter­na­tional Red Cres­cent in Iraq, coun­tries of the re­gion and all other con­cerned who can of­fer help in se­cur­ing re­lease of 39 In­dian con­struc­tion work­ers who were kid­napped from Mo­sul, the sec­ond largest Iraqi city seized by Sunni mil­i­tants.

Sources said Govern­ment con­tin­ued to be in ac­tive en­gage­ment and was do­ing ev­ery­thing pos­si­ble to en­sure re­lease of the In­di­ans.

Aruond 40 In­di­ans were ab­ducted from Mo­sul and one of them had fled from cap­tiv­ity and had shared var­i­ous de­tails about the cap­tors to the In­dian au­thor­i­ties which yes­ter­day in­di­cated that they had come to know about the ab­duc­tors.

The Govern­ment has al­ready sought help from a num­ber of coun­tries in the re­gion be­sides Iraqi au­thor­i­ties, the UN As­sis­tance Mis­sion in Iraq (UNAMI) and var­i­ous other hu­man­i­tar­ian agencies work­ing in the trou­ble-torn coun­try to re­solve the cri­sis.

Iraq is wit­ness­ing se­ri­ous strife with Sunni mil­i­tants, backed by al Qaeda, cap­tur­ing two key cities and march­ing to­wards Bagh­dad.

Hun­dreds of thou­sands of Iraqis have been dis­placed in the fight­ing that broke out on June 10.

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