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General VK Singh Arrives India With The Mortals Remains Of 38 Indians From Iraq

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| April 2 , 2018 , 16:19 IST

Minister of State for External Affairs VK Singh on Monday returned from Iraq with the mortal remains of 38 Indians who were killed by ISIS in Mosul. General VK Singh addressed the media along with Congress leader and Minister in the Punjab Government Navjot Singh Sidhu in Amritsar.

Sidhu said that an ex-gratia compensation of Rs 5 lakh per family, a job for one person per family would be given and current pension of Rs 20,000 to continue for the families of the victims who were from Punjab. Twenty-seven of the victims were from Punjab alone.

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As per reports, VK Singh requested the relatives of the deceased not to open the caskets holding the mortal remains, as the government was investigating to find out whether there is a presence of any toxic substances.

When asked if the kin of all the deceased will be given Government jobs, Gen VK Singh said, “This is not a game of football. Both state and central govts are sensitive. External Affairs Ministry had asked the families for the details of their members who can be given jobs etc., we will review.”

After Amritsar, General VK Singh will travel to Kolkata and then to Patna to hand-over the bodies to the relatives of the deceased.

The Minister posted a video shot at Baghdad International Airport carrying a coffin with a caption that roughly translates as, “Some responsibilities have a heavier burden.”