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MENAFN - The Peninsula - 29/06/2014
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(MENAFN - The Peninsula) With the situation worsening in violence-hit Iraq, India yesterday said that it has flown in officials to three Iraqi cities to help evacuate Indians wanting to return home and asserted that "all national assets are in readiness if required" to be deployed to help the 39 Indians in captivity in militant-held Mosu



An Indian warship has been deployed in the Gulf and kept on standby while the Air Force has also kept heavy-lift transport aircraft C17 and recently acquired C-130J Super Hercules on standby for any short notice evacuation operatio



As Sunni militants led by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), closed in on capital Baghdad, external affairs ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said that officials from the ministry have been flown to Iraq to help in the evacuation of Indians from the cities of Najaf, Karbala and Basra "which are in relatively safe zones



The move comes as more and more Indians from among the 10,000 working in Iraq have said they want to return. The US-based Human Rights Watch, citing satellite imagery and photographs, said the Sunni militants have massacred around 190 Iraqi soldiers in mass executions over the past fortnight in Tikri



The spokesperson said the 39 Indian nationals held captive in Mosul are unharmed and being "provided for". Asked what steps the government is taking to get the captured Indians freed, Akbaruddin said the government has "some leads" about the Indians and that it is a "national endeavour" to get them release



"All national assets will be in readiness if required" to be deployed, he said. The step to deploy the warship - Delhi-class guided-missile destroyer INS Mysore - was reportedly taken after a meeting of the crisis management group on Friday



Akbaruddin said keeping in mind the situation, the government is moving "extremely carefully" and taking it "step by step". To a question whether the government was in talks with regional neighbours for help in freeing the 39 Indians, he reiterated that the government was knocking on all doors - "the front doors, the back doors and the trap doors



On the 46 Indian nurses stranded in a Tikrit hospital, the spokesperson said they are safe and Indian Ambassador Ajay Kumar had spoken to them yesterday. He said the nurses were "worried" in the wake of the fresh fighting that broke out in Tikrit as the Iraqi government forces tried to retake the cit



Akbaruddin discounted reports of any explosion having taken place where the nurses are. "There was no explosion in the university campus (where the nurses are). He said the fighting was taking place "some distance away



Around 100 Indian nationals continue to remain in the conflict zone in Iraq, mainly the northern areas that have been overrun by the militants. A few days ago 17 Indians had been evacuated by helicopter from Samarr



In Basra, Najaf and Karbala, officials of the Indian external affairs ministry have set up "mobile offices" to help Indian workers with evacuation, said the spokesperson. The Indian nationals would be helped with their travel documents, with their contractual agreements by speaking with their employers or sponsors, and also with air tickets, he adde



There are around 12 Indian officials now helping out with evacuation efforts of Indians in the safer zones of Iraq, while a core group is dealing with the issue of freeing the Indians in captivity and evacuating those in Tikrit. Twelve more MEA officials would be flying down over the next two days to bolster the evacuation effor



External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, who has been monitoring the situation in Iraq, has called a meeting of Indian heads of mission of the Gulf nations. The Indian ambassador in Iraq would not be attending as he is required to be present in Baghda



In Najaf, the officials and their contact nos are: Abu Mathen George: 964 771 6511190; Srinivas Rao: 964 771 6511181; Rakesh Singh: 964 771 6511179. The email is: controlroomnajaf@gmail.c



The officials in Karbala are: Anil Sapra:964 771 6511180; Jeewan Singh: 964 771 6511176. The email is: controlroomkarbala@gmail.co



The contacts in Basra are: Narasimha Murthy Kuppa: 964 771 6511182; Asif Shah Ahmed: 964 771 6511178. The email is: controlroombasrah@gmail.com

 


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