City residents in Iraq fear-stricken

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: Jun 21, 2014 08:53 IST

With Iraq facing the worst-ever terrorist attack after establishment of democracy in the country in 2005, people from all over India, including Punjab, who have gone there for work are fear-stricken due to the increasing number of violent attacks by the Islamic militant group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), who claim to have killed thousands of innocent civilians in its quest to set up a Sunni state.

According to information, considering the violent attacks on innocent citizens by the Islamic militia, people from the district are eager to return to India, but companies where they are working are not allowing them to come back.

Most of these companies, they say, have held back their passports and salaries so that they could not leave the country.

Kushal Singh, a resident of Tanda village in Machhiwara, Gurdeep Singh, Gurjant Singh, Joginder Singh of Mangli village in Sahnewal, apprised the media over phone from Iraq about the prevailing tension in various parts of the country.

All of them had gone to Iraq around a year ago, and are residing in Basra village of Iraq where they work for a company.

Militants have already captured major cities like Tirkit and Mosul and are proceeding towards Baghdad.

They said, “Militants will easily take control of Basra if they succeed in capturing the city of Baghdad.”

Meanwhile, back home in Punjab, kin of the people stuck in Iraq appealed to chief minister Parkash Singh Badal to pursue the matter with the ministry of foreign affairs for their kin’s safe return.

Karnail Singh, father of Gurdeep Singh; Major Singh, father of Gurjant Singh; and Avtar Singh, father of Joginder Singh, said, “Though we are in contact with our sons, there is a deep sense of tension for their safety. The government should take strong initiatives to bring them back.”

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