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No trace of 2 missing in Italy boat tragedy

Ravinder Vasudeva , Hindustan Times  Jalandhar, August 28, 2014
First Published: 10:58 IST(28/8/2014) | Last Updated: 11:06 IST(28/8/2014)

Hopes of survival for the two Punjabi youth of Sanora village reported to missing in the boat tragedy that happened on the night of August 14 on their way from Libya to Italy, are fading strongly with the family unable to get in touch with their wards.

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Ravinder Singh and Gurpreet Singh, from Sanora village in Adampur village, were among the 150 passengers aboard the boat and were being taken to Italy “secretly”.

 Even as the family members have raised the issue with chief parliamentary secretary and SAD MLA from Adampur Pawan Tinu and Jalandhar MP Santokh Singh Chaudhary but all those efforts have failed to get any response. Both the leaders had assured the family that the matter would be raisedwith the  union ministry of external affairs.

Karnail Singh, Gurpreet’s father, said Gurpreet had last called home on August 12 and had informed the family about shifting from Libya to Italy, but the family has opposed this.

“We have tried all channels to contact our sons or even their friends. Many of the youth who were known to our sons have shown their unwillingness to give us any detail about our family members. Even the India Embassy in Libya has been contacted personally by us, but to no avail and we have got no information,” said Karnail. 

The families alleged that both their wards were sent to Libya by a travel agent named Anil, who is having office in Rama Mandi of Jalandhar.

“We are trying to contact that agent to know if he is aware about the passports of our sons or not.  They were working at the Al Mastak construction company in Libya. I am sure some travel agents misguided them and were taking them in the boat to Italy, for better jobs,” said the aggrieved family members.

Jalandhar MP Santokh Chaudhary said he had written a letter to the union external minister over the issue and he would be personally taking up the matter with the minister concerned.

Meanwhile, the families are fast losing hope that their children are alive.

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