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Indian worker returning from Iraq succumbs to illness

Hindustan Times  Gurdaspur, July 10, 2014
First Published: 16:02 IST(10/7/2014) | Last Updated: 21:26 IST(10/7/2014)

An Indian youth, Shemshar Singh, died in a Sharjah hospital while returning home from war-torn Iraq.

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Shemshar, 24, who belonged to Gurdaspur district of Punjab who was returning from Iraq with 11 other colleagues on June 22, fell seriously ill and was admitted to a Sharjah hospital in Dubai city.

Succha Singh, Shemshar's father, said, "My son was working in Iraq as a labourer and had volunteered to provide financial assistance to the family. I request that my child's body should be brought back. We do not have any other demands and do not have anything else from the government. All their promises are false and none of the the people stranded in Iraq have been helped. My son has died and no government official came to meet us."

The news came as a shock to the family members of Shemshar.

We demand to the government to get back his body, I just want to see my child's face, said Shemshar's aunt, Gurmeet Kaur.

About 10,000 Indians work in Iraq, mostly in areas unaffected by the fighting, but scores of them have returned to India since ISIL began its offensive.

Forty six Indian nurses, who were abducted by suspected Islamist militants in Iraq, were brought back home in Kerala.

The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and other Sunni Muslim militant groups have seized towns and cities across Syria and Iraq in a lightning advance.

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