June 18, 2014 By

40 Indians in Iraq Beyond Reach

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About 40 Indian employees stranded in the violence-hit Iraq have been held incommunicado, the foreign ministry said on Wednesday. Times of India reported about the probability of abduction.

“Despite our best efforts at this stage we haven’t been able to contact them. So they remain ‘uncontactable’ at this stage,” said spokesman Syed Akbaruddin.

“Beyond that I am not able to confirm or verify reports of a speculative nature (kidnapping),” Akbaruddin added.
“At this stage we have no reports whatsoever, no confirmation, no verification of any Indian national being involved in any violent accident or injury.”

Meanwhile Minister of External Affairs in India Sushama Swaraj telephpned the family members of the Punjabi youth stranded in Iraq on Wednesday. She assured her help in rescuing them.

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