After a harrowing experience of nine days in Iraq, three youths from Kurukshetra reached back here on Wednesday.
Dharambir Singh, a resident of Kurukshetra, said he along with 16 others had landed in Iraq on June 16 with the promise of jobs. He alleged that the travel agent had duped them and handed them over to another agent in Basra.
"We were shocked to see the violent atmosphere there. Neither the Indian nor the Iraqi authorities had informed us about the ongoing sectarian violence there," he said.
Dharambir recalled that in Basra, the entire batch of 17 youths was forced to stay in a small room where they were served food once a day.
His associate Satish Kumar from Dab Kheri village claimed that a "gun-wielding mob threatened to kill Indians and slogans to butcher Indians were raised".
"Our agent duped us and left us at a place other than promised. The Indian embassy did nothing for us. While we somehow managed to get money from our families, the others had no financial support to buy air tickets and are standard there," he said.