40 Kidnapped Punjabis in Iraq Now Untraceable

AMRITSAR: The last man, who could have helped trace the 40 abducted Indians in the war-ravaged Mosul city of Iraq, currently in the control of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) forces, is untraceable. After duping the ISIS militia after his abduction on June 11, Harjit Masih from Kala Afghana village of Gurdaspur district, is untraceable now.

Twenty-four-year-old Masih was the only Indian who had managed to escape from the clutches of ISIS on June 15 after they were abducted and held captive for four days in a thread factory in Mosul, said Robin Masih, younger brother of Harjit, on Tuesday.

Robin said his brother had called him on June 15 from a check post near Erbil, around 88km east of Mosul, and said he was hit by a bullet on his leg when he tried to flee. According to Harjit, all the abducted Indians were bundled into a truck and taken to some unknown destination. He managed to escape when they were being shifted to another place and reached Indian embassy officials. Robin said his brother’s last call came on July 29 when he said his travel documents were being prepared and he would be reaching India in a week’s time ? after that there is no news about Harjit.

“His phone is switched off, I wish if he came back he would have been able to tell us something about the other Indians abducted by ISIS,” Robin said.
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