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Iraq drama | 5 Indians held, 'are safe'

india Updated: Jul 16, 2006 01:38 IST
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Five Indians have been arrested by the Iraqi police and their Kuwaiti employer says they are safe and will be released soon, officials in New Delhi said.

It was not immediately clear why the five men had been arrested, the Indian embassy said in a communication to the External Affairs Minister in New Delhi.

They were employed by Kuwait's KGL Transport Company and were arrested while making a delivery on the country's border with Iraq, the embassy said.

"KGL's lawyers have taken up the matter with the Iraqi authorities and it is only a matter of time before the five men are released," an External Affairs Ministry official said.

The five men were identified as Balakumar Ramachandran, Babu Devraj, Gurbinder Singh Bahal, Sethu Johnu Basha and Sanjeev Kumar Ram Avatar.

Earlier reports said they had been abducted in Iraq.

Three men employed by KGL were kidnapped in Iraq last year and were released after being held in captivity for a month.