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MEA seeks list of Punjabis in Middle East,Philippines

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Moga, Nov 21 (UNI) The Ministry of External Affairs has asked the Punjab government to furnish separate lists of Punjabis who had gone to the West Asia, Europe and South East Asian countries, both legally and illegally.

A letter in this respect has been dispatched to all the district police chiefs in the state by the Additional Director General Police (Inteligence). The local SSPs office confirmed the reception of the letter today.

The ADGP has directed the SSPs to complete the job in a fortnight with addresses and telephone numbers.

The MEA in its letter made mention of a large number of Punjabi youths who have gone abroad particularly to the West Asia and certain European countries with the help of unscrouplous travel agents. The letter stated that some of these illegal migrants were leading a miserable life.

The letter also made mention of a large number of Punjabi youths in the money lending business having been killed (murdered) in the Philippines in the recent past. Regarding the Punjabis settled or working in the West Asia the letter stated their names were required, in order to ensure proper security (by the Indian Embassies) to them in case of emergencies like the Isreali attack on Lebanon, from where a large number of Indians including Punjabis were forced to flee.

The MEA earlier, made an appeal through the Punjab government asking the Punjabis not to go to the Philippines as the community had become a target of the locals of that country after they were found indulging in the money lending business.

The ADGP Intelligence has also asked the SSPs about the details of all travel agents. MEA aims to take all necessary steps for the protection of these Punjabis as the Indian Embassies have very little information about illegal migrants, the ADGPs letter stated.

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