Chandigarh, June 17: After Union external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj informed the families of Indians missing in Iraq that they might be in Badush jail which was yet to be freed from terror group ISIS, the families who were in Delhi on Sunday are a disheartened lot.
They have been knocking the doors of the government since reports of the abductions came in. A ray of hope emerged last week when Iraqi Forces freed the city of Mosul from ISIS and the Indian government sent its officials to Iraq to trace the 39. However, no concrete clues emerged of their location.
Talking to HT, Gurpinder Kaur, one of the family members said, “I met the Union minister today but I am disheartened. We all came with lot of hope but things are not moving forward and there is hardly any clue. Almost everyone is disheartened but we hope wherever all youth are they remain safe.”
The minister told that inputs from Iraq have come that the 39 Indians might be in Badush prison which is still under the influence of the ISIS and the clashes are still on there with the Iraqi troops, added Gurpinder, who waits for her brother Manjinder Singh to come home.
“Issue is that last time when we met the Minister we were told that the Indian government had had concrete information about the location of the Indians there. But now it seems that those inputs were wrong. We are disheartened.”
He added that every family was waiting for good news.
“We thought that the government will find them once Mosul is free but now with Government saying that they are likely in Badush prison, we have no option other than waiting for fights to end there.”