Missing Indians found in Iraq mass grave

Angelo Anderson
March 21, 2018

The eight people from the two districts in Punjab were among the 39 Indians abducted by the Islamic State terrorist group in 2014. "We feel betrayed from all sides", she said, alleging that attempts to contact Ms Swaraj's office in the afternoon did not yield much. Instead, they got the news when Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj announced it in a Parliament speech on Tuesday.

Dozens of mass graves have been discovered in territory once held by the Islamic State group, though Iraq's government has only been able to examine a handful of them.

According to the Press Trust of India (PTI), a deep penetration radar was used to establish the presence of bodies below a mound in Badush. "The plane carrying mortal remains will first go to Amritsar, then to Patna and then to Kolkata", reads the statemnet of Sushma Swaraj published in an English daily.

Swaraj on Tuesday told Parliament that all 39 Indians, abducted by the ISIS in Iraq almost three years back, were killed and their bodies were recovered.

On criticism by family members of some of the deceased who said they got to know about death of their loved ones through television, Swaraj said she followed Parliamentary procedures.

The external affairs minister said two heads of states in that region had conveyed to India that the 39 Indians were not killed.

Swaraj also dismissed as baseless allegations that Masih was harassed by the government. We had to have the DNA certificates with us.

Gurpinder Kaur, whose brother Manjinder Singh died in Iraq's Mosul, said, "We demand from the government to provide us DNA reports".

Mosul was freed in July past year and after that the government came to know about a mound located in Badoosh where ISIS was believed to have buried the bodies, Swaraj had earlier told the Parliament.

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

Congress leader and Rajya Sabha member Partap Singh Bajwa accused the government of misleading the families. Indian authorities then sent DNA samples from relatives of the missing workers.

"The MEA and particularly my colleagues Sushma Swaraj and General V K Singh left no stone unturned in trying to trace and safely bring back those we lost in Mosul".

"Did the government think about the families even once, when they were desperately waiting for their dear ones for four years, he said, adding the minister was now blaming the Congress for politicising it, while praising her government and thanking the PM and her junior minister".

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