Indians Missing In Iraq Since 2014 Declared Dead, Confirms Sushma Swaraj

39 Indians killed in Mosul: Intelligence agencies knew of deaths in 2014; Govt waited for Mosul liberation before

Pictures of mass grave where 39 Indians were butchered and buried in Mosul

Swaraj said, "I have two (pieces of) information".

Asked why the families were not informed first, Sushma said procedure demanded that Parliament be taken into confidence. "And when we will, with a heavy heart, give the mortal remains to their kin, it will be a kind of closure". Harjit Masih, one of the hostages, claimed to be present on the spot when all were shot dead, and managed to escape after being shot in the leg. But the government rejected it. She was not able to digest the news as she also believed the government, which refused to confirm that her husband was not alive. Government will send a special aircraft for bringing the dead bodies with proper documentation along with their identities.

"They were killed in front of my eyes", he told reporters Tuesday in his north Indian village. She said their bodies had been exhumed and a DNA analysis was done. "It is a sin to declare a person dead without concrete evidence".

The group of workers, mostly from Punjab, were waylaid as they were being evacuated from the area as fighting between the terrorists and government forces intensified. They found in a mass grave. The workers were trying to leave Mosul when they were held hostage. One of these people escaped by calling themselves as a Muslim from Bangladesh. "He had escaped by faking as Ali in the van arranged by caterer" to transport Bangladeshi to Erbil, she said.

Minister of State for External Affairs VK Singh will go to Iraq to bring back the mortal remains of the Indians killed in Iraq, Swaraj said.

Search operations led to a mound in Badoosh where locals said some bodies were buried by the ISIS.

The testing was done by Iraq-based Martyrs Foundation, a state-run institution of the Iraqi Council of Ministers.

"The first match was of Sandeep". In the investigation, DNA of 38 Indians got matched, while the 39th DNA of the body has matched 70 percent of DNA of close relatives. "It has been the most hard and complex task to get the proof", she said. Dozens of such mass graves have been discovered in parts of Iraq that had been controlled by the Islamic State. "To track down the bodies of our people and take them to Baghdad to test was a huge task".

The entire nation was shocked and saddened when the External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj announced that the 39 Indians abducted in 2014 by the terrorist group ISIS in Iraq's Mosul were dead. "I can't share the details with you, but I have shared [them] with Harsimrat [Badal] and Prakash Singh Badal who was then the Chief Minister of Punjab", Ms. Soni said.

"This news has crushed everything to the ground", Kaur said.

Until October past year, both India and Iraq could not confirm the deaths of the 39 abducted Indian labourers.

Abandoned Iraqi military material litters the road near Mosul on June 11, 2014, after Iraqi soldiers abandoned their posts in the face of the ISIS assault that captured the city. "The government has misled the 39 families who lost their relatives", said Harjit Masih, the man who returned from Mosul earlier. The Opposition parties left no stone unturned in making a hullaballoo around it and creating a ruckus in both, Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha.

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