Rahul condoles death of Indians abducted in Iraq

Rahul condoles death of Indians abducted in Iraq

Khokhon Sikdar, a carpenter, went to Mosul to look for work at a time when the ISIS was taking apart Iraq one city after another.

"With full proof I can say these 39 are dead".

The family of 46-year-old Gobinder Singh is also demanding his DNA reports. In any case, whenever they may have been killed, their bodies could have been discovered only after Mosul was freed from the ISIS.

While authorities have not said when they believe the group was killed, the bodies were badly decomposed and had clearly been buried for a long time, Iraq's forensic director, Zaid Ali Abbas, told The Associated Press.

Four years after 39 Indians went missing in Iraq, Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj confirmed on Tuesday that all of them, kidnapped by the Daesh terror outfit, were dead. "I will not do this sin", Swaraj had said in a statement in the Lok Sabha in 2017, said the media reports. Out of the 39 Indians killed, 27 persons belonged to Punjab, 6 from Bihar, 4 from Punjab and from West Bengal. They were trying to leave Mosul when they were abducted.

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Sushma said on Tuesday that she had repeatedly told the families that "I have no evidence of their being either dead or alive" - the equanimous position that governments and defence forces usually adopt to ensure that false hopes are not raised.

Search operations led to the mound of dirt near Badush, where local residents said bodies had been buried by IS, Swaraj said in Parliament.

"After the Martyrs Foundation sought DNA samples of missing Indians, we collected the same through four state governments in September previous year", Sushma Swaraj said, adding that the government sought a "deep penetration radar" of the mound. "We requested that the bodies be brought out, exhumed", Ms Swaraj told the Rajya Sabha. While 100 per cent identification was possible for 38 bodies, but one body (Ram Yadav of Bihar) could be identified till 70 per cent.

National Conference leader Omar Abdullah said it was "unpardonable" that families of victims had to learn about their heartbreaking loss from television channels instead of the government.

"Every Indian grieves with those who lost their loved ones in Mosul", Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said.

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