Read: Sex workers slain amid culture of fear, secrecy Despite many efforts, getting them released is proving to be a long haul for the government. Following the release of 46 Indian nurses who were stranded in a Tikrit hospital, the government has stepped up diplomatic efforts to ensure the workers’ release. According to security sources in the government, reports of ISIS militia shifting the hostages, including the Indians, from one place to another has caused concern in the Indian establishment.
Read: UN says Iraq headed for chaos unless politicians unite The government has been in touch with all the neighbouring Gulf countries for the release of the workers. Meanwhile, the government has brought back another 15 Indians home from the conflict zone. Over 3,000 Indians have been brought to India since the beginning of the conflict in Iraq. There were 10,000 in Iraq at the beginning of the conflict.
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