Congress deputy leader in Lok Sabha Capt Amarinder Singh on Tuesday sought urgent attention of the ministry of external affairs (MEA) to save four Indian hostages, who had been traced in Iraq after several months of their having gone missing.
In a statement, Singh said the relatives of four hostages, whose identity is being kept secret for security reasons, had approached his office in Amritsar, saying they had credible information that the four were alive. They were also aware of the location of the hostages in Iraq.
The Congress leader urged external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj to intervene urgently and open up the diplomatic channels so that these youth could be brought back home. He said he would share the details with the MEA in confidence.
Quoting the relatives of the hostages, the former CM said they had tried to meet the officials of the MEA, but had been cold-shouldered. He hoped that Swaraj would take up the matter as urgent and serious to ensure that the youth returned home.
Singh observed that after many months, the relatives, of their own, had managed to trace the hostages' whereabouts and now it is the responsibility of the government to secure their safe return.