India trying to get back body from Libya

India is trying to get back the body of an Indian national killed in Libya, which is witnessing intensified fighting, and has offered assistance to those wanting to return from the north African country.

New Delhi: India is trying to get back the body of an Indian national killed in Libya, which is witnessing intensified fighting, and has offered assistance to those wanting to return from the north African country.

"It is understood that an Indian national, Imtiaz Alam, who was working at the residence of a Libyan dignitary in Tripoli, succumbed to his injuries, consequent to a bombing attack last week.”

"Efforts are underway to get his mortal remains back to India. His family in Lucknow has been intimated by his Indian colleague," official spokesperson in the Ministry of External Affairs said today.

The ministry said the International Organisation of Migration (IOM) was making arrangements to evacuate stranded foreign nationals in Libya by two ships that will leave the country today and tomorrow.

Indian nationals in Libya have been informed about the initiative, he said.

"Those who have expressed a desire to return are being assisted, to the extent possible, despite the very difficult ground situation and extremely limited resources with our Mission at Tripoli," he said.

The fighting between rebels and Muammar Gaddafi`s forces has entered the final stage with rebels taking control of large parts of Libya.

India is also understood to be establishing connections with the Transitional National Council (TNC), which has been recognised by many countries as the legitimate government of that country.

PTI

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