Forty Indian workers who were
untraceable in Mosul town of strife-torn Iraq have been kidnapped the Indian government has confirmed.
The Ministry of External affairs has said that there were no ransom demands so far. Most of those kidnapped are from Punjab.
The Red Crescent, which carries out charitable work on the ground, has told the government that the Indians have indeed been kidnapped but could not locate them.
Earlier, the government has decided to send former Ambassador to Iraq Suresh Reddy to take stock of the situation.
"There are 40 Indians in Mosul who we have not been able
to contact," External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Syed
Akbaruddin told media persons in the morning. Asked about reports that they were abducted, he said, "We
cannot confirm it. However, they are uncontactable."
The Spokesperson said Reddy is being sent to Baghdad to
strengthen the Indian Mission there which is trying to help
the Indians in violence-affected areas.
He said there were no reports of any Indian being
targeted or involved in any violent incident in Iraq.
"The violence there is not targeted at Indian nationals.
We are just caught in the cross-fire. At this stage we have no
reports, no confirmation of any Indian national being involved
in any violent accident," the Spokesperson said.