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2 Ludhiana families have sleepless nights

punjab Updated: Jun 20, 2014 09:07 IST
Tarsem Singh Deogan
Tarsem Singh Deogan
Hindustan Times

The disturbance in Iraq has given sleepless nights to the families of people stranded there. The details of people from this district settled in Iraq have started pouring in after deputy commissioner Rajat Aggarwal ordered the officers to get announcements done in village gurdwaras and streets.

Krishna Devi, 58, of Jagatpur village of Balachaur in Nawanshahr had no idea whom to approach after she lost contact with her son Parminder Kumar, 30, working as a carpenter in Al Mosul. On Thursday, she approached Kashmir Singh of Bahadur Ke village of Ludhiana.

Krishna said Parminder had settled in Iraq for the past three years. She last talked to him on June 15. Parminder had told her that he, along with other workers, had been kidnapped by militants who were not allowing them to use mobile phones.

“I talked to him only for a few seconds before the phone was suddenly disconnected,” Krishna said.

“When Parminder went to Iraq, his wife was pregnant. Now, he is the father of a child, whom he has not met. Parminder had told us that he would come back home on Diwali,” she said. Kashmir Singh contacted the district administration and registered the details.

The family of Nirbhay Singh, 37, who is a native of Lasara Lakhuwas village, Payal tehsil, is also worried. He worked as a steel fixer in a company based in Basra. His father, Tara Singh, said Nirbhay went to Iraq in 2012 for work. The sudden disturbance in Iraq was giving them sleepless nights. They were in contact with Nirbhay on phone, but want his safe arrival.

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