Hyderabad: Cheated by agents, fourteen persons from Telangana who went in search of livelihood to Iraq are stranded without food and accommodation in Basra for the last few weeks. On coming to know about their plight, the State government has issued a wireless message to the Embassy of India, Baghdad in Iraq and Secretary of Ministry of External Affairs and Overseas Indian Affairs requesting to provide assistance for the safe return of 14 people.
The immigrants hailing from Nizamabad, Karimnagar, Siddipet and Jagtial districts had gone to Iraq five months ago in search of livelihood. The agents, who made travel arrangements, cheated them. As a result, they are facing problems without proper food and accommodation.
In the message, a request was also made to the Embassy of India in Baghdad to enquire into the facts of the case and take necessary steps with local authorities. If needed, a request was made for the issue of emergency certificate and repatriate immigrants from Basra to India as early as possible. “The MEA must pursue the matter with the Indian Embassy in Baghdad,” the message read.
“For any financial assistance for paying the penalty or to buy flight tickets, officials can meet them from the Indian community welfare fund,” it said. The stranded immigrants were identified as Ganga Srinivas and Akula Laxman, natives of Karimnagar, Chakali Rajeshwar, Hambati Surendar, Patwekar Hanmanth Rao, More Madhukar, Nune Srinivas, Ragi Ramulu, Patwekar Narsing Rao and Singaram Raju, all natives of Nizamabad, Paikari Srinivas Rajam and Sunkoju Manohar, both of Jagtial, Sunke Ramesh of Siddipet and Rajbhar Dipu Kumar.