With more information reaching the control room set up by Haryana government, the number of the residents of Haryana so far learnt to have been stranded in Iraq rose to 144 on Saturday.
According to official information, 44 residents stranded in Iraq were from Yamunanagar, while there were 35 residents from Kurukshetra, 30 from Ambala, 24 from Karnal and six from Kaithal. There were also one each resident of Sirsa, Rohtak, Bhiwani, Mahendergarh and Faridabad who were reported to have been stranded in Iraq.
Meanwhile, according to official information, the control room also received four calls from Iraq - two from Najaf and one each from Baghdad and Airbil city - who said they were finding it difficult to get out of Iraq as their passports were with the employers or the agents.
Hooda urges Sushma to take steps for evacuation
Meanwhile, chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Saturday urged Union minister for external affairs Sushma Swaraj to take urgent steps to rescue the Indians, including residents of Haryana, stranded or kidnapped in Iraq, and offered all kinds of assistance required in getting them evacuated. In a letter written to her, Hooda assured the Union minister that the Haryana government was committed to lending a helping hand to the government of India in facilitating a safe and early evacuation of the stranded Indians from Iraq.