Indian hostages held by ISIL killed in Mosul: FM Swaraj says

Sushma Swaraj confirmed that the Indians were deceased by means of a DNA report

The Congress yesterday demanded that External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj should apologise to families of the 39 Indians, killed in Iraq, for "misleading" them and giving "false hopes", and also demanded that the Narendra Modi government compensate them.

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.

Swaraj said Iraqi authorities informed the Indian government on Monday that DNA tests confirmed that 38 of them were the kidnapped workers.

Speaking to ANI, the Congress spokesperson, Randeep Surjewala said, "Modi Government has passed all limits of heartlessness when the whole world was saying they have died, the Indian Government assured the country and the kin that they are alive".

The Minister also expressed concerns that she was not able to make a statement on this matter in the Lok Sabha due to constant interruptions by the Opposition parties.

The people killed were "citizens of the friendly Indian state", said Najiha, the head of Iraq's Martyrs Establishment, a government body dealing with people killed in the fight against ISIS. It will be flown in a special aircraft which will first land in Amritsar or Jalandhar, followed by Patna and then Kolkata, Swaraj said. Even, we do not have any information regarding the mortgaged Indian workers. At the time, Harjit told the Indian government that the 39 others had been executed, but the government did not believe him then.

"For the last four years the same minister has been telling me that we have traced their location and they're alive", Gurpinder Kaur, sister of one of the dead workers, told reporters in Punjab.

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She informed that 27 of the people were from Punjab, four from Himachal Pradesh, six from Bihar and two from West Bengal.

The 39th body exhumed from the grave had only a 70 percent DNA match, the minister said.

"DNA samples, as received from our respective state governments, have been forwarded to the Iraqi authorities for inclusion in their database for matching with the DNA from the human remains being retrieved by them from mass graves".

"In a parliament statement, she said", All 39 Indians who were kidnapped in Iraq have died.

As many as 40 Indians were abducted by the terrorist organisation in 2014 but one of them escaped by posing as a Muslim from Bangladesh, Swaraj said.

"We wanted to give the families closure only after getting solid proof", Ms. Swaraj said.
The workers were trying to leave Mosul when they were held hostage. Iraq said it would also coordinate with the embassy to return the bodies to India.

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