Gurwinder Kaur, a resident of village Mehta of Amritsar district, said, “I fail to understand why the government has asked us to go for DNA test whereas we were assured that my brother will come back safe and sound one day.”
India has a history of successful airlift and sea-based evacuation operations where a huge number of people have been brought back to the safety of Indian borders. India will operate special flights from June 25-28 to evacuate Indians from blockade-hit Qatar. Seven countries in the Gulf recently imposed a travel and trade boycott on Qatar.
‘We had not been paid in over 9 months… didn’t encounter violence there’
MEA sources said, the informants had been unable to provide any proof of life on the hostages.
“Every possible effort well beyond diplomatic possibilities are being explored.”
A group of 25 construction workers have returned from Iraq.
Two officers from Punjab Bhawan have been deployed at IGI Airport to ensure free transportation facility.
In the next 36 to 48 hours, two special flights from Najaf and Basra will bring 200 and 280 people respectively.
“We were promised a better life. But we lived like slaves,” said Singh.
46 nurses, who were held captive by ISIS militants in Iraq, returned home by the same special flight to Kochi.
The official pointed out that 12 Indian nationals in Baghdad were issued tickets of which four flew out today itself.
Chand had also said that they should be brought back at government’s expense.
Sushma to be briefed today, IAF, Air India planes on standby.
At present, at least 103 Indians are in the conflict zone, including 47 nurses and 39 Indians in captivity.
Congress also slammed Narendra Modi-government over the continuation of Nihalchand Meghwal, who has been summoned by a local court in Rajasthan in an alleged sexual assault case lodged in 2011.