Congress deputy leader in the Lok Sabha and Amritsar MP, Capt Amarinder Singh, has assured the families of four Punjabi youths who are in jail in Iraq that he will pursue their case vigorously with the central government till they are evacuated and brought back home.
During an interaction with these families which met him here on Friday, Amarinder shared their feeling that the government had not taken sufficient and adequate measures for the safe return of Indians stuck in Iraq.
He said that the evacuation of the stranded people should have started by now as the situation in Iraq is deteriorating day by day. "I wonder what the government of India is waiting for?" he remarked.
The Congress leader also assured the family members of four youths who are jailed in Baghdad -- Kamal Masih, Vijay Masih, Rachhpal Masih and Rakesh Masih - that he will take up their case with the external affairs ministry.
Narrating their tale of woes, the families told him that the victims were misled by their travel agents and instead of getting jobs they ended up in jail. They said that no action had been taken against the travel agents even 17 months after the youths, belonging to Nirankari Colony in Amritsar, were jailed in Iraq because of their (travel agents') "wilful and criminal negligence".