General VK Singh Leaves For Iraq To Bring The Mortal remains Of 38 Indians Back

| April 1 , 2018 , 15:41 IST

Minister of State for External Affairs, Gen VK Singh on Sunday left for Iraq to bring back the mortal remains of 38 Indians who were killed by the terrorist group ISIS in Mosul. While the total number of Indians who were killed is 39, one case is still pending. General Singh told the media before his departure.

He 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. We will handover coffins to the family members with evidence so that they have no doubts about it. My deepest condolences to the families of the deceased."

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Singh left for Baghdad in a special C-17 Globemaster around 11 am. The minister of state had said on Saturday that he was awaiting a nod from Baghdad before flying to the country.

While informing the Lok Sabha of the demise of all 39 Indians who were kidnapped by ISIS in Mosul, EAM Sushma Swaraj said, "Mortal remains were sent to Baghdad. For verification of bodies, the DNA samples of their relatives were sent there and four state governments - Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, West Bengal and Bihar - were involved in this."

VK Singh is expected to return by late Monday night or Tuesday morning.