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Sushma Swaraj: No proof 39 Indians missing in Iraq are dead

A report by WION showed that the Badush prison -- where Swaraj said the missing Indians might be imprisoned -- in Mosul had been reduced to rubble in the fighting between Iraqi forces and Islamic State. Photograph: (ANI)

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jul 26, 2017, 08.16 AM (IST)

External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj said in Parliament on Wednesday that there was no proof the 39 Indians missing in Iraq were dead. 

"It's very easy for me to say that the 39 Indians are dead. No one including their families will ask me anything after that," ANI reported her as saying. 

"Iraq has never said that the 39 Indians missing are dead," Swaraj added. 

"Gumrah karne se mujhe ya sarkar ko kya milega?" she said. 

The 39 Indians went missing from Mosul, which was recently liberated from Islamic State. 

Swaraj had met relatives of the missing Indians last week and told them the 39 Indians might be imprisoned in the Badush region of northwest Mosul. 

But WION correspondent Daniele Pagani reported from Mosul (below) that the Badush prison had been reduced to rubble in the fighting between Iraqi forces and Islamic State. 

Where are the missing 39 Indians? (WION)

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