Minister to bring 38 bodies from Iraq today

Building in Mosul decimated by bombing March 2018

Minister of State (MoS) for External Affairs VK Singh will bring mortals of 38 Indian on Monday, who were killed in Mosul by the Islamic state. "And in Patna, we will hand over the remaining bodies", Singh had said. The families have been informed of his arrival. Tomorrow I will return to Amritsar, and then will go to Kolkata and then Patna. Before leaving the country Singh said, "I am going to Mosul to get mortal remains of 38 Indians, we won't get one man's remains as his case is pending".

Last month, external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj had told Parliament that 40 Indians were abducted by ISIS from Mosul in Iraq in June 2014, but one of them escaped posing as a Muslim from Bangladesh.

The mortal remains of 38 out of 39 Indians, who were killed in Iraq, are due to arrive in India by late Monday.




Sangha also added that according to the information they have received, the bodies are expected to reach the global airport in Amritsar at around 1:30 pm Tuesday.

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.

"After visiting Baghdad to retrieve the bodies, we will then fly to Amritsar, where we will hand over the bodies of 27 people from Punjab and four bodies from Himachal Pradesh to the families there. We will handover the mortal remains to their families".

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