Indians held captive in Iraq: Punjab mother has eyes on TV, prayer on lips

If Iraqi troops liberate Mosul, the families believe, there are chances that their family members will be found.

Written by KAMALDEEP SINGH BRAR | Babowal | Updated: October 27, 2016 9:12 am
punjab-mother-759 Harbhajan Kaur in Babowal on Wednesday. Express Photo

“Din chad janda te raat pe jandi hai, pher raat pe jandi hai te din chad janda hai.” (The day rises and night falls. The night falls and then the day rises.)

This is how Harbhajan Kaur (49) describes her life since her son Harsimranjit Singh was taken captive by the Islamic State in Iraq along with 38 other Indians in June 2014. But in the past few weeks, Harbhajan and her husband Tarsem Singh have been excitedly calling families of the other victims. The reason: Iraqi security forces are now in Mosul, the Iraqi city from where their son was captured.

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If Iraqi troops liberate Mosul, the families believe, there are chances that their family members will be found.

This is what the government too has led them to believe. On October 6, the families met External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, who told them that Mosul would be liberated soon, and that would help them find out what happened to the missing men.

On Wednesday, Harbhajan was worried that the air strikes by Iraqi forces on Mosul may harm her son. “Someone has told me that air strikes are conducted after confirming the location, and civilians are not hurt. But then air strikes have hit the entire city of Aleppo in Syria,” said Harbhajan.

The couple own a small shop attached to the house. They also own two acres of land. The mothers of some other missing youths are in touch with Harbhajan because she follows the news closely. “Because I understand news a little better than them, they keep calling me. The number of times we call each other has increased since the Iraqi forces went into Mosul,” she said.

“On October 6, we had a two-hour meeting with Sushma Swaraj. She showed us a two-page letter from her source which said 39 missing Indians were seen in Mosul. She also spoke to me separately. She is very confident,” said Harbhajan.

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    Ash
    Oct 26, 2016 at 10:34 pm
    Wondering why Indians are in Mousil in the first place?
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      mathimathi
      Oct 27, 2016 at 5:22 am
      Why go to syria. learn sanskrit to wear half pants, lots of jobs WAITING in nagpur for 2014 AD 31 percent of Indians.
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        mathimathi
        Oct 27, 2016 at 9:35 am
        2014 AD 31% Includes Hindus also.
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          vijayhemas
          Oct 27, 2016 at 7:28 am
          Mr.Ash are u reading news regularly, In saddam times iraq is a great job opportunity country for indians even he is very friendly towards indians and about their sincere job capabilities and lots of positions has been given to indians, even saddam used to address indira as his sister, such a relationship we had. Then this satanic americans for oilwar tarnished iraq and saddam then created this so called ISIS, the demons. This demons has captured all other tribes as hostage to secure money fromtheir respective country. IS IT OK FOR U NOW.
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            vijayhemas
            Oct 27, 2016 at 7:25 am
            why muslims come here, why you are asking that we indians could not go there, boss its all part of life, but holding civilians as hostages is cowardice first tell your muslim fighters about this. Atleat we are wearing half pants and doing jobs, but u people are not wearing even that one long cloth with gun in ur hands, first be civilised boss then u muslim can advise us.
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              Augustus
              Oct 27, 2016 at 6:07 am
              LOL
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