Indian government has now sought Baghdad’s help to trace the location of the phone numbers.
While technical inputs suggest that the abductors are changing their hideouts in Mosul, Indian security agencies don’t discount the possibility of the captives being bartered for money.
To complicate matters, Lucky — the Hoshiarpur agent who sent these labourers to Mosul and last spoke to them on June 15 — has disowned any responsibility after Punjab police confronted him.
Harjeet Massih, the Punjab labourer who apparently escaped captivity along with 40 Bangladeshis, is said to be in Erbil in Iraqi Kurdistan and has been in touch with the Indian agencies. Massih has suffered cuts in his upper arm while trying to escape but doesn’t have any bullet injuries.
Based on technical inputs, New Delhi has been able to map the movement of the abductors.
However, there is no way of escape as the ISIS terrorists control the road to Baghdad and the Mosul airstrip is blocked.