Thirty-year-old Nishan Singh had left his home a year ago to work as a crane operator in Mosul, Iraq. His family had last been in touch with him four days back when he told them that he had been caught in the midst of the fighting there along with a few others. His wife and parents have been praying for his safety since then.
There are an estimated 41 Punjabi boys along with other Indians who have been caught in the strife torn Iraq.
Family members of the Punjabi youth stranded in Iraq today also offered prayers in the village Sikh shrines for the safe return of their children.
The kin of the missing boys have urged the Indian government, especially the Ministry of External affairs, to accelerate their efforts in tracing the whereabouts of their children and bring them back home.
Their families, however, confirmed that they have been getting calls from the Ministry of External Affairs and have been assured of help.
Gurpinder Kaur, sister of Manjinder Singh who is stranded in Iraq, said she was informed by her brother over phone from Iraq on Sunday that they were being taken care of by the ISIS insurgents and they wanted to hand them over to some authorities. Manjinder said that the ISIS feared that if they let them go them may get hurt in cross firing.
Kaur also added, "I have received call from the ministry but we want action. At least on priority basis, the Ministry must first search the where about of my brother and other boys." She informed that she had also contacted 15 other families whose boys have been stranded in Iraq.
Ranjit Kaur, mother of another Punjabi boy Jatinder Singh said, "My son is stranded there (Iraq), we hope he comes back safe. I have been praying for his return."