Mortal remains of 38 Indians to be brought back from Iraq today

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

The minister of state for external affairs, general VK Singh (retired) had left for Iraq on Sunday afternoon to bring back the mortal remains of the 38 Indians killed in Mosul.

Singh will first go to Amritsar to hand over the bodies of the deceased Indians to their families. The families have been informed of his arrival.

"I am going to Mosul to get mortal remains of 38 Indians; we would not get one man's remains as his case is still pending", Singh told news agency ANI.

In order to conclusively verify the identity of the body suspected to be that of the 39th victim - Raju Kumar Yadav from Bihar - the government had recently sent a second DNA sample of Yadav's brother to Baghdad. Will return to Amritsar, then Kolkata and then Patna.

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Indian Ambassador Pradeep Singh Rajpurohit said that the bodies had been taken to Baghdad International Airport and would be flown back on a military flight, arriving in India on Monday. "We can't bring the mortal remains of Raju Yadav but we will bring rest of the five to Patna".

Of the Indian citizens killed by the terrorist organisation, 27 belonged to Punjab while four hailed from Himachal Pradesh.

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.

One of them escaped the clutches of Islamic State by posing as a Muslim from Bangladesh. The remaining 39 were taken to Badoosh and killed, she had said.

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