Seven Punjabi youths see their homeland after months of straying in Iraq

Seven Punjabi youths see their homeland after months of straying in Iraq

Agency News

Phagwara, Jul 27: It was a festive moment for the families of seven Punjabi youths while receiving their kids at Delhi Airport on Saturday.

With the hard efforts of Union Government, seven Punjabi youths, including five of Phillaur and one each of Phagwara and Bholath returned from Iraq after being duped by woman agent Neelam Rani who and her relative Ram Labhaya had promised jobs to them. Neelam Rani is residing in Iraq.

Phillaur DSP Davinder Singh Attri and Phagwara DSP Manjit Singh while confirming it said that the Punjabi youths have landed at International Airport in New Delhi around 5am on Saturday. The Phillaur, Phagwara and Bholath police have registered different cases under section 420/406 and Punjab Professionals Regulations Act, 2014 against Neelam Rani and Ram Labhaya, both residents of Shotran village on May 30 this year.
Youths identified as Randeep, Baljeet, Saurav, Sandeep are residents of Shotran and Amandeep resides at Attan near Goraya, Komaljit's home is at Kaulsar locality in Phagwara while Pravjot Singh belongs to Bholath. They were brought back to India safely after living in Iraq for eight months. Union Food Processing Industries Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal also held a meeting with the External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar regarding the issue.

All seven of them lost their jobs only after one month of living in Iraq and later had to deal with adverse conditions. Thanking Union Ministers S Jaishankar and Harsimrat Kaur Badal for the affirmative action taken by them to bring the stranded youths back, the parents of these youth told that the Erbil Consul General extended much-needed legal and financial aid to the youths to help them return to their homeland.

Mohan Lal, father of Komaljit, while narrating their tale of woes, told that the accused woman travel agent from their native Chhokran village sent him to Iraq via Muscat and Dubai, but did not provide him documents upon reaching there, rendering him jobless for the past six-seven months since he reached there. Having no money and not been able to work without documents, he said Komaljit was dependent on the Punjabi friends for food and other needs.

Mohan Lal said his son was being penalised 20 dollars a day in Iraq. He said seven more Punjabi youths are stuck in Iraq. Phillaur DSP told that the accused charged more than Rs 2.25 lakh from each youth in December last year. All youths along with their families will arrive at their respective native places till late evening. (UNI)