Iraq to recover Indian bodies back home

VK Singh Set To Fly To Iraq To Bring Back Mortal Remains Of 39 Indians Killed By ISIS

Minister VK Singh To Leave For Iraq To Bring Back Bodies Of 39 Indians

On returning, Singh will pass through to Amritsar and Patna to hand over the mortal remains to the respective families of the sufferers. The Indian government will bring back mortal remains of 38 Indian out of 39 as a case is still pending for man's remains. "Just like a martyr's we will send each and every one's mortal remains to their family", he said.

Singh would leave for Baghdad in a special C-17 plane.

He will then go to Patna and Kolkata to personally hand over the bodies of the other victims to their kin.

On March 20, Union External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj informed the Rajya Sabha that all 39 Indians kidnapped by ISIS in Mosul three years ago were dead.

Deep penetration radars were used to establish that the mound indeed was a mass grave, she had said, adding the Indian authorities requested their Iraqi counterpart to exhume the bodies. VK Singh left for Iraq yesterday and expected to return with mortals today, which will be handed over to their families.

The mortal remains of the 39 Indians who were killed by the ISIS following their abduction in 2014 will be brought back to India on Monday. Of the 38 Indians, 27 were from Punjab, four from Himachal Pradesh, six from Bihar and two from West Bengal.

Earlier this month, Ms Swaraj had told Parliament that as many as 40 Indians were abducted by terror group ISIS from Mosul in Iraq in June 2014, but one of them escaped posing as a Muslim from Bangladesh.

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