Thursday, June 19, 2014

Iraq: Update--Indian Ministry of External Affairs Confirms 40 Indian Workers for Tariq Noor al-Juda Firm Abducted

According to The Times of India, New Delhi's Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has confirmed that 40 Indian workers working with Tariq Noor al Juda construction company have been abducted in Iraq. According to the MEA, most of the abducted Indians are from the northern part of India. 

Giving out details about the abduction of the workers, the MEA spokesperson said that they had received over 60 calls from Indian families in Iraq. 

COMMENT: The MEA assured all parties that they will not leave any stone unturned and will work with all possible agencies to locate the abducted Indians. "Our contingency plan unit is working in Delhi for other options. Former ambassador of India to Iraq Suresh Reddy is en-route to assist our diplomats."

The government also said that they are in touch with humanitarian agencies and Iraqi government over the kidnapping. "Two-hundred Indians in Najaf and their Turkish company is helping them leave Iraq. They will depart on Friday (June 20)."

Additionally, some Indian nurses have been stranded at Tikrit," the MEA spokesperson confirmed. 

Several Indians have been stranded in different parts of Iraq. ISIS has taken charge of Iraq's second largest city in Mosul. It has committed terrible atrocities and is now moving towards the national capital of Baghdad.

According to an estimate, thousands of Indians are working in oil and construction industry across Iraq. There are also many Indians working in the healthcare sector. 

The MEA has set up 24-hour control room to provide information on Iraq. Here are the details: 

Telephone: +91 11 2301 4104 

Fax:+91 11 2301 8158 

Email: controlroom@mea.gov.in