More than 15 people from Doaba region are reported “kidnapped or stuck” in militant-seized parts of Iraq. Deputy commissioner KK Yadav said here on Wednesday that until the last reports, the kidnapped people included eight from Hoshiapur district, two from Jalandhar district and one from Kapurthala. “This is the data we have from the NRI Sabha. We are trying to locate the other families as well,” he said.
Sources in the Hoshiarpur district administration said they had been able to trace two labourers working in militant-occupied Masul near Iraq’s capital Bagdad.
Of the two, Gurdeep is from Jaitpur in Hoshiarpur and Malkiat Singh from Chawni Kalan village.
From Jalandhar, Sandeep Singh of Nurmahal and Kulwinder Singh of Bhogpur; and from Kapurthala, Gobinder Singh are reported missing in Iraq. They have made no communication with their families in the past two days.
Parminder Singh , whose brother, Kamaljeet Singh, 27, from Chawani Kalan is in Iraq, said the latter had last called home on Tuesday to say the retuning from Iraq now looked very tough. “Ho sakda hai iston baad hun gal naa ho sakay (May be, we will not be able to talk after this),” were his last words.
“I used to speak over tele phone with his apar tment mates in Rasul. They included a man each from Tanda, Jaitpur, Dhada Kalan, Bahani, Bathan (Hoshiapur), Bhogpur, and Balachaur (Nawanshar); besides two each from Goryana and Nurmahal,” said Parminder Singh.
The family contacted the Indian embassy in Iraq but official DP Singh, who got the call, said he could not help, as the embassy personnel themselves were in trouble.