Three residents of the district returned from the violence-torn Iraq on Wednesday. Surjit Singh, 44, of Rampura village near Indri told HT over phone on Wednesday evening that more than 120 Indians, including from Haryana and Punjab, were living under pitiable conditions at Karbala.
Working with Marmara construction firm, visas of several Indians had expired and they were urging the Indian embassy's intervention.
Singh, who went to Iraq in May, considers himself fortunate to come out of Iraq safe.
He said that while the Iraqi companies allowed the nationals of Pakistan and Turkey move freely, but Indians were being confined to their workplaces.
"Karbala is located nearly 150 km away from Baghdad and the city has not witnessed any violence.
But the factory owners are not allowing the Indians to go back to their native countries. With their work permits already expired, they are living in poor conditions," said Singh while urging the Indian authorities to ensure safe evacuation of Indians.