Nadia: Dipali’s husband Samar Tikadar was kidnapped along with 38 other Indians in Iraq in 2014 by Islamic State. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj announced in Parliament on Tuesday that all 39 men were dead.
Samar Tikadar had left for Iraq in 2011, much like Khakon Tikadar – both residents of Chapra Mahakhola area of Nadia district, close to India-Bangladesh border. Their families last heard from them early 2014 before the abduction by IS militants.
Minister of State for External Affairs VK Singh has said that it would take the government eight to 10 days to bring back the remains of the 39 workers. Dipali Tikadar is not keen on visiting Kolkata airport to receive her husband’s remains.
Her son Sudip is making preparations for Class X board exams and daughter Sharmistha is a student of Class 4. The tin shed over her mud house in Nadia district, along the Indo-Bangladesh border, is also in need of immediate repair, but Tikadar says she has no money.
“I thought after Samar returns, our days of hardship would be over. But now, I don’t know what to expect from life,” Dipali Tikadar told PTI. She further adds”I will tell the CM when I meet her about my poor financial condition, and appeal for a government job. I think she will understand my situation,” Tikadar, a mother of two, said.
“I want a government job so that I can arrange for the education of my children,” the 35-year-old woman said.