Returned back from Iraq two youths of Village Tanda Kushal of Machhiwara of Ludhiana said Indians working in Iraq have been treated as bonded laborer.
Joginder Singh and Ekam Singh that have returned back from Iraq said they worked in an oil company in Iraq. They were not allowed to go out from the compound wall of the company premises. They were in touch with the outer world through phone only.
They further added that they have got no help from state and centre government. They have made repeated requests to Indian Embassy for their safe departure from Iraq but to no avail. Finally, they have borrowed Rs. 25,000 each from an Ambala man, who also worked in Iraq, and purchased air tickets to return their home.
Joginder and Ekam said they though the terrorists were far away from Baghdad but they were fear stricken.
“When we were getting no help from anywhere we assumed that it is our end and we can never go back to India,” said Joginder Singh.
“We used to listen that the terrorists were pursuing towards Baghdad. We used to hear firing between militant groups and were afraid about our lives,” he added.
Avtar Singh and Surinder Kaur, parents of Joginder Singh said the state government had promised that the government will bear the expenses of airfare of people stranded in the Iraq, but to no avail.
They said they will never send their son to foreign country for employment after this incident.