Family loses contact with man stranded in Iraq, goes to admn

  • Tarsem Singh Deogan, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: Jul 15, 2014 11:18 IST

Family of Balbir Chand of Selkiana village who is stranded in Iraq has lost contact with him. Till a month ago, the family was in contact with Blabir through phone, but after that some stranger started picking up the phone and spoke in some foreign language that the family didn’t understand.

On Monday, the family contacted the district administration and appealed to them to step up efforts to trace their kin and to bring him back. The officers have assured the family that they will do their best to bring Balbir back.

The family suspect that Balbir could be in the captivity of militants.

Shinderpal Singh, brother of Balbir, said that they last spoke to with Balbir on June 16. Balbir was fear stricken and told the family that he was trapped in the factory he worked for.

Balbir had gone to Iraq around 3 years ago. He worked in GSS Steel Company in Mosul.

“Balbir had wished to come back to india around six months ago, but the company, where he worked had refused to hand over the passport to him,” said Shinderpal.

“On June 16, when we talked to him for last time he had told that the factory owner had abandoned the factory and they were trapped in it. The militants could occupy the factory anytime. We had informed the same to the district administration,” he added. The family has been enquiring about Balbir from those who returned back from Iraq ever since the unrest there, but to no vain.

Balbir has a wife, three daughters and a son.

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