Congress terms Modi Govt. heartless on the death of Indians in Iraq

21 March, 2018, 08:13 | Author: Edward Snyder
  • 39 Indians killed by Islamic State in Iraq

"My brother went to Iraq in 2012 where he worked as a carpenter". I had said that closure will be done with full proof. PM Modi took to his Twitter handle to "pay respects to the Indians killed in Mosul".

The family of 46-year-old Gobinder Singh is also demanding his DNA reports. DNA testing provided matches for 38 of the missing men while the last was a 70 percent match, Swaraj said.

The bereaved families of two victims in the Mosul tragedy hailing from West Bengal say they learnt of the demise of their kin from the media and not from any government official.

On Tuesday, Swaraj described Masih's version of events as "a cock-and-bull story", and said that he had escaped by claiming that he was a Muslim from Bangladesh. We maintained this in 2014 and 2017 and we did not keep anyone in dark.

"They were killed in front of my eyes", he told reporters Tuesday in his north Indian home village.

The family of the lone hostage survivor Harjit Masih is angry.




By then, several family members had wanted to know why the minister had repeatedly assured them that the missing Indians were alive.

"We got the tragic news from TV".

The External Affairs Minister informed the Rajya Sabha that the 39 persons that went missing in June 2014 were kidnapped by ISIS and were reportedly dead.

Describing the sequence of events leading to the discovery of the remains, Swaraj said that Gen V K Singh, who had travelled to Iraq past year after the IS's ouster from Mosul, had come across a mound in Badosh, which was suspected to be a mass grave.

She revealed that the government had over the course of the crisis received information from different heads of states on three separate occasions that said the 39 Indians had not been killed.

Swaraj said the authorities in Baghdad helped identify a mass grave and with the help of deep penetration radar, the buried bodies were discovered and exhumed. After all formalities are completed, MoS External Affairs, General (retd) V K Singh, will bring the remains back from Baghdad on a special aircraft, she said. He said the bodies will be sent back to India "in a couple of weeks or so". She said the bodies would be taken straight to whichever part of the country they were from.

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