According to sources, a delegation of family members of the trapped Punjabis called on Badal on Monday to seek early release of the victims.

Interacting with the families, who called on the Chief Minister at his residence, Badal said that the state government was in constant touch with the External Affairs Ministry over the issue.

Later, the Chief Minister called up former Indian Ambassador to Iraq Suresh Reddy, who has been specially deputed by the Union government to oversee the rescue operations of Indians trapped in the strife-torn country, to ensure safe and prompt return of the Punjabis to the state.

Badal asked Reddy to sort out the issues of those Punjabis, who were willing to comeback but their employers were reluctant to relieve them due to certain reasons.
The Chief Minister also spoke over phone to Joint Secretary (Gulf and Haj) from Ministry of External Affairs, Mridul Kumar, and asked him to ensure safe and early evacuation of Indians especially the Punjabis stuck over in Iraqi civil war.
He said that it was the duty of the state government to help the distressed Punjabis and their families in this hour of crisis by relieving them of such mental agony.


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