At least 45 residents of Haryana are so far learnt to have been stranded in strife-torn Iraq. According to information received at the control room (phone 0172-5059197) set up by the state government, 11 of the 45 belong to Yamunanagar, nine each to Kar nal and Kurukshetra, 10 to Ambala, four to Kaithal and one each to Rohtak and Sirsa.
The number of stranded residents from Haryana could rise further, said Rajiv Khosla, additional director, information and public relations.
HT has learnt that at least 10 youth from Bal Chhapar village in Yamunanagar are stuck in Iraq, and the actual number from the district is 15. Among the 45 and more whose names are not yet with the government, at least four persons from Rampura in Karnal and five from Chakchanpur in Kurukshetra are also stranded.
Most of the families whose members are stranded said they were in regular touch with their kin in Iraq over phone and wished their early return.
A man whose two younger brothers are working as masons at a construction company ‘Al Mara’ in Baghdad, said three other youths from the same village were living together on the company premises.
He requested identities of the youths not be exposed for security. All five youths from Bal Chhapar had resigned from work on Wednesday and were keen to fly back, he said: “I spoke to my brothers and they are safe. But we are concerned about their security, as we suspect that they are not telling the truth to save family from any discomfort.”
Paramjit Kaur, of Mujafat Kalan, said her husband Suresh Pal was struggling to return. Pal, 40, who is working as a cook at a company in Basra said that he had not been paid for three months. “Though he is in regular touch with the family here and claimed his safety, but he wants to come back. We urge the Indian government for safe evacuation and help in recovery of pending hard-earned salary of my husband,” she said.