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Mortal Remains Of 39 Indians Killed In Mosul To Be Brought Back On April 2

| March 30 , 2018 , 13:10 IST

Minister of State for External Affairs VK Singh will be visiting Iraq on April 1 to bring back the mortal remains of the 39 Indian who had gone missing. The mortal remains of 39 missing Indians will be given to the respective families on April 2, media reported on Friday. 

According to reports, the mortal remains, which were exhumed from a mass grave in Badosh, will be brought back to India on a special IAF aircraft, which will return to India on April 2.

As per media reports, the IAF plane will directly land at Amritsar in Punjab and three other states.

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Reports stated that Indian Ambassador to Iraq Pradeep Singh Purohit and his team of officials worked tirelessly to complete the formalities.

Earlier this month, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, in a statement in the Rajya Sabha, had confirmed that all the 39 Indians abducted by the terror outfit ISIS in Iraq's Mosul three years ago are dead and their bodies have been recovered.

Sushma had said, "Out of the 40, who were kidnapped, one person managed to escape, while others were confirmed dead after DNA samples of their relatives matched from the bodies exhumed from a mound."

She had hailed the role of VK Singh in ascertaining the identity of the Indians who got killed in Iraq. She had made a special mention of him while addressing Parliament.

As per reports, Harjit Masih from Gurdaspur had managed to escape and had claimed to have witnessed the massacre of the others. But the government rejected the claims.

Previously, the Congress party moved a privilege motion against External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Singh saying they "deliberately misled" the families of the 39 Indians.

From 39 Indians, 27 were from Punjab, 4 were from Himachal Pradesh, 6 were from Bihar and 2 were from West Bengal.

All of them were trying to leave Mosul when they were intercepted and taken hostage by the ISIS.