Zee Media Bureau
New Delhi: Even as the Iraqi and Indian governments continue to work towards securing the release of Indians stranded in the strife-torn country, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MP Bhagwant Mann from Punjab has reportedly claimed to have established contact with them.
“I have managed to contact Indians who are stuck in several cities in Iraq and have given them a helpline number on which I have received around 4000 calls so far,” Mann told ANI.
Mann further said that he has sent flight tickets for 70 Indians in Iraq and is now hoping for their safe return, as per ANI.
Mann`s claim reportedly came even as Iraqi envoy Ahmad Tahseen Ahmad Berwari said that any suggestion or help in the situation is welcome from the Indian government.
Around 40 Indians were kidnapped by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants on June 11.
While the location of the abducted Indians have been ascertained, the government is yet to rescue them as the Iraqi government has stated that it is not feasible to rescue them at the moment.
Out of the 40 Indians abducted, 29 are from Jalandhar, 28 from Kapurthala, 23 from Amritsar and 22 from Gurdaspur districts.
The Haryana government has reportedly stated that around 127 people from the state were stranded in the state.