Sources said the Indian government is in touch with Baghdad and has requested the Iraqi government to instruct the forces to look for the 39 Indian hostages once the war zone is wrested from the terrorists.
The newly-opened Indian Consulate in the autonomous Kurdistan area of Iraq is coordinating with the Indian Embassy in Baghdad to establish their whereabouts. The Kurdish Peshmegra forces are also supporting the Iraqi Army’s elite counter-terrorism forces in the offensive against ISIS.
Forty Indians, mostly hailing from India’s northern state of Punjab besides West Bengal were captured by Daesh and suspected to be conscripted as slaves. One of them has reportedly escaped back to India. The fate of the 39 others is still unknown despite strong efforts by India to track them.
Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj has repeatedly relied on inputs from intelligence agencies to assure their families that the hostages were alive.