Bodies of Indian workers murdered by IS in Iraq return home

Bodies of Indian workers murdered by IS in Iraq return home

Bodies of Indian workers murdered by IS in Iraq return home

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had informed Parliament on March 20 that all 39 Indian construction workers kidnapped in 2014 from Mosul have been killed.

According to reports, one of the dead bodies did not completely match with the DNA sample.

"They were not killed because they were illegal immigrants, but due to their nationality, that is Indian".

A group of 40 Indian workers, mostly from Punjab, were taken hostage by ISIS when it overran Iraq's second largest city Mosul in 2014.

Of the 39 Indians, 27 were from Punjab, four from Himachal Pradesh, six from Bihar and two from West Bengal.

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Navjot Singh Sidhu, Punjab Local Bodies Minister, has reached the Amritsar airport along with Union Minister of State for Social Justice & Empowerment Vijay Sampla received the bodies of the Iraq victims. According to the sources, foreign companies now working in Iraq and Syria don't advertise in Indian newspapers after Centre put a ban on travelling to Iraq in 2004. "The government of India did its best to know about the missing Indians".

After returning with the bodies of the 39 dead in Mosul, VK Singh reportedly said in Amritsar that he was not "distributing biscuits", when asked by reporters about compensation to the families of the victims.

Asked how they were killed, Singh, a former army chief, said that some of the persons were killed by bullets. Both the state and central governments are sensitive governments. The Indian government maintained that they were alive and safe, assuring that search operations were underway.

The mortal remains were kept at the mortuary in Dr Rajinder Prasad Government Medical College, Tanda, Kangra and government hospital Nurpur before handing over to the families on Tuesday morning. 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.

The minister has been criticized for his sharp retort when questioned about compensation for the grieving families.

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