Forty Indian construction workers were confirmed to have been abducted from the Iraq city of Mosul, but no ransom demands were received, a foreign ministry spokesperson said on Wednesday. "It is with deep, deep sadness we to inform you that 40 workers of the Tariq Noor Al Huda construction company have been abducted," Syed Akbaruddin told a press gathering. The abducted people, he said, were largely from northern parts of India — "Punjab belt, etc". "You can never be certain about exact information," he said on being asked about the exact location of the workers and their condition. "We will not spare any efforts to help the Indians in Iraq… International Red Crescent has confirmed that they have been kidnapped, but is unaware of their location. (There is) no answer on how they were kidnapped," Akbaruddin said. "India is sending back its former envoy... to strengthen the embassies in Iraq," he added.
The foreign ministry spokesperson said they were not yet contacted by the abductors. “We have not received a call of any nature, asking for ransom or confirming that they (militants) have taken the workers under their control,” he said.A newspaper report had earlier said that insurgents had abducted the 40 workers in the Iraq city of Mosul amid a deteriorating security situation.
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The external affairs ministry control room nos are: +91 11 2301 2113, +91 11 2301 7905, +91 11 2301 4104; Fax: +91 11 2301 8158
In addition, the Indian embassy in Baghdad has set up a 24-hour helpline which can be accessed for information or assistance. The numbers are:
Tel. No. +964 770 444 4899 (Mobile)
Tel. No. +964 770 484 3247 (Mobile)
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