“I am personally supervising efforts. I will leave no stone unturned to ensure rescue of our citizens,” Swaraj said.

The anxious family members of about eight persons stuck up in Iraq are expected to meet Swaraj this afternoon.

The workers, mostly from Punjab and other parts of northern India, were working on a construction project in Mosul in northern Iraq which has been captured by Sunni militant group ISIL. Reports said that the kidnapping took place while they were being evacuated on Wednesday.

"Yes, I can confirm to you that 40 Indian workers have been kidnapped in Mosul," External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin told reporters earlier on Wednesday.

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He said the humanitarian agencies and International Red Crescent have confirmed to India about kidnapping of the workers, who were employed with Tariq Nur Alhuda company. He, however, added that there is no information about their location.

Akbaruddin also confirmed that the authorities have not received any calls of any nature from anyone who have indicated about ransom or any information that they have taken these people under their control.

India is in touch with various humanitarian agencies, the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) and Iraqi government to gather more information about the kidnapping.

Iraq is witnessing serious strife with militants, backed by Al-Qaida, capturing various cities and marching towards Baghdad.

Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal earlier on Wednesday met the External Affairs Minister and said his state is ready to bear all expenses for the safe return of Punjabis kidnapped in strife-torn Iraq.

The Punjab government has issued phone numbers 0172-2740397 and 0172-2740035 for information on those stuck in Iraq.

Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda has also given a firm assurance that all efforts would be made for safe evacuation of people from Haryana who have been stranded in Iraq.

The Haryana government has set up a control room with telephone number 0172-5059197 in Chandigarh for information on those stranded in Iraq.


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