Bodies of 38 Indians killed in Iraq arrive back in India

Posted April 04, 2018

The Indian workers, missing since 2014, were killed by the ISIS in Mosul, Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj told parliament last month.

"39 Indians were killed in Mosul, Iraq, as Modi Government continuously misled the families and Nation".

While the coffins of 31 victims - 27 from Punjab and four from Himachal Pradesh - were handed over to the respective authorities at the Amritsar airport here, seven coffins were shifted to another aircraft to be flown to West Bengal (3) and Bihar (4).

"I am leaving for Iraq, will be getting back mortal remains of the 39 Indians". Minister of State (MoS) External Affairs VK Singh landed in Amritsar to hand over the remains to their families. Around 10,000 Indians lived and worked in Iraq at the time.

In November 2014, two Bangladeshi men, who reportedly were among the 53 other workers abducted with the Indians, told the TV channel APB Live that the militants armed with guns had first sought to know what faith they followed.

"When tests were conducted (on mortal remains) it was found that some persons were killed by bullets and however, in some cases, it is very hard to say as to how they were killed", he said.

General Singh further hit out at the Opposition for politicising the issue and said, "Opposition, particularly Congress, played a negative role". There was no record of these 40 persons in any embassy.

Navjot Singh Sidhu says Rs 5 lakh and a job to one member per family would be given from the side of the Punjab government. A government campaign, backed by the US-led worldwide coalition, was launched in 2016 to retake IS-held regions, managing to retake all havens, most notably the city of Mosul, the group's previously proclaimed capital.

Manjeet Kaur, wife of Davinder Singh, one of the 39 killed, said she hoped the state government would keep its promise.

The victims were mostly from poor families in India's northern state of Punjab and had been working for a construction company operating near Mosul. He also made it clear that the Punjab Government in collaboration with the Union Government would take stringent action against the travel agents sending youth overseas by unfair means.