Two boys of Dharamshala vicinity are among 40 Indians kidnapped in Iraq


By : Arvind Sharma

There are two boys from Kangra district near Dharamshala among the forty Indians construction workers, who have been believed to be kidnapped in the oil-rich Mosul town of strife-torn Iraq, presumably by Islamic militants.

Kangra District Deputy Commissioner C. Paulrasu said in Dharamshala that the details of these two boys has been flashed to the Ministry of External affairs in Delhi for further rescue works. He said, “Aman Kumar of Passu village and Inderjit of Bhataid village are working with TNA company at Mosul of Iraq. And they could not be contacted by their family members since the trouble in Iraq.”

These boys were working on a construction project in Mosul in northern Iraq which has been captured by Sunni militant group ISIS. Reports said that the kidnapping took place while they were being evacuated yesterday.

Official of the External Affair Ministry have already confirmed that India is in touch with various humanitarian agencies, the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) and Iraqi government to gather more information about the kidnapping.

Iraq is witnessing serious strife with militants, backed by Al-Qaeda, capturing various cities and marching towards Baghdad.

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Arvind Sharma is a permanent resident of Dharamshala in HP, and is an award winning bi-lingual journalist with more than 22 years of experience. He started his writing career from local weekly Himachal Kesri and later worked with Divya Himachal, Dainik Jagran, Dainik Bhaskar, Vir Partap and Ajit. Currently, he is working with news agency PTI. He was conferred with the Himachal Kesri journalism award in 2010.

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