New Delhi, June 19:
The 40 Indians abducted in Iraq are safe and are in a government building, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said Thursday.
“The 40 men are safe… When the situation normalises, we will try to get them released,” she said after meeting a delegation of families of seven of the Indians. The minister didn’t disclose their location.
The workers, employed by a Turkish construction firm, were kidnapped in Mosul, one of the cities taken over by Sunni insurgents.
Families of seven of the 40 Indian workers kidnapped in Iraq Thursday met Swaraj and urged the government to ensure return of their kin.
The 28-member delegation was accompanied by Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and representatives from Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Management Committee.
The committee released names of five of the kidnapped workers. These are Manjinder Singh, Jatinder Singh, Sonu and Simran Singh from Punjab and Aman from Himachal Pradesh.
A total of 28 members from the kidnapped workers’ families met the minister here.