Published: Wed, April 04, 2018
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

Bodies of 38 Indian workers killed by Daesh arrive home from Iraq

Bodies of 38 Indian workers killed by Daesh arrive home from Iraq

The 39 Indians that were killed by ISIS in Iraq's Mosul, who went missing since June 2014, were recently declared "dead" by the Indian government. "The 38 samples matched while 70 per cent of one sample matched", he said.

Minister of State for External Affairs V K Singh, had left for Iraq on Sunday, and returned with the mortal remains on Monday.

Forty Indian men were kidnapped at the construction site where they worked, close to Mosul. He made his way back to India, where he told authorities that his 39 colleagues had been killed.

Union Minister of State for External Affairs VK Singh accompanied the mortal remains as they reach Amritsar city in Punjab. About 10,000 Indians lived and worked in Iraq at the time.

She said it was the primary duty of the Indian ambassador in the country to immediately inform the government in India after news broke out that the situation had worsened in Iraq.

The families advised not to open the coffins and to cremate the bodies within the coffin as the mortal remains had been exhumed from the graves and might emit toxic gases which could be risky.

Iraqi authorities discovered the remains in a mass grave last year after retaking Mosul and positively identified the bodies last month
Iraqi authorities discovered the remains in a mass grave last year after retaking Mosul and positively identified the bodies last month

Iraq's anti-terrorism law empowers courts to convict people who are believed to have helped IS even if they are not accused of carrying out attacks.

In response to a specific question by Hindustan Times on Wednesday regarding the Indians being shot dead, a government official said: "We can not say anything beyond what the external affairs minister has said". There was no record of these 40 persons in any embassy.

When asked about the demand of providing a job to families of victims, Gen Singh said that the government has asked details from the families. One member from each of the family would be given a government job in Punjab.

"We hope the government gives us employment so that we can survive and educate our children".

He triggered a controversy by saying that providing jobs and compensations to families of the deceased was not like distributing biscuits or a game of football.

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