Kin of 39 Indians killed in Iraq mourn

Kin of 39 Indians killed in Iraq mourn

Kin of 39 Indians killed in Iraq mourn

About 15 days ago, VK Singh, Indian Minister of State for External Affairs, had said that the government had completed the DNA testing of the families of the 39 Indian workers.

"The first match was of Sandeep, yesterday 38 matches were confirmed and 39th person had been 70 per cent matched because DNA of his relatives was used in absence of his parents", she said adding, "It has been the most hard and complex task to get the proof".

In a statement given by Sushma Swaraj in the Rajya Sabha, she said that in June 2015, ISIS had kidnapped at least 40 Indians, a terrorist organization in the Mosul city of Iraq.

She revealed that the government had over the course of the crisis received information from different heads of states on three separate occasions that said the 39 Indians had not been killed.

In a statement to the Rajya Sabha Tuesday, Swaraj said Masih posed as Ali from Bangladesh to escape with a group of Bangladeshi men, who were separated from the Indians.

"Shattered at the heart-wrenching news. that the 39 Indians missing in Iraq, most of whom were Punjabis, are dead", the Punjab chief minister, Amarinder Singh, tweeted. "The plane carrying mortal remains will first go to Amritsar, then to Patna and then to Kolkata", she added.

India's foreign ministry spokesperson had confirmed in June 2014 that 40 Indian workers of the Tariq Nur Al Huda company in Mosul were kidnapped when ISIL captured Mosul and large parts of Iraq.

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The Indians had gone to Iraq to work as labourers. "We wanted to give the families closure only after concrete proof", she told parliament.

PM Modi assured that government tried their best in the search for the missing Indians.

" In October past year, relatives of the eight Punjabi-origin people had visited the Government Medical College in Amritsar to provide DNA samples for matching with the Indians stuck in the war-torn country, if required". The bodies were then exhumed and sent to Baghdad for DNA testing.

Among the dead, 31 belong to Punjab, 4 to Himachal Pradesh while the remaining four belong to Bihar and West Bengal.

He said the Modi government has "crossed all limits of insensitivity" as it preferred to make the announcement on television rather than calling up every family and informing them individually.

Indias ambassador to Iraq Pradeep Singh Rajpurohit said: "It is indeed a moment of deep grief and sadness for us to learn that a group of Indian workers in Mosul have become victims of the menace of terrorism". The DNA of the 39th person matched 70%, Sushma said.

After the confirmation of the 39 Indian workers killed by ISIS in Iraq's Mosul, the nation is hit by the storm of grief.

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