File photo of Minister of State for External Affairs VK Singh. Photograph:( Zee News Network )
The 39 persons, most of whom hailed from Punjab, were working on projects near Mosul when they were kidnapped
Minister of State for External Affairs General V K Singh (retd) has left for Mosul to bring back the mortal remains of the 39 Indians who were killed in the war-torn country.
`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: Gen VK Singh pic.twitter.com/JpqUzGMTO7— ANI (@ANI) April 1, 2018
The minister is expected to bring back the bodies by late Monday, following which he will travel to Amritsar, Punjab and Patna to hand over the mortal remains to their respective families.
"I am leaving for Iraq, will be getting back mortal remains of the 39 Indians. Tomorrow I will return to Amritsar, and then will go to Kolkata and then Patna. The families of the victims have been informed about the same," Singh said.
Minister of State for External Affairs VK Singh leaves for Iraq to bring back mortal remains of 38 Indians who were killed by ISIS in Mosul. pic.twitter.com/SuRIbIg1VB— ANI (@ANI) April 1, 2018
On March 20, External Affairs Minister (EAM) Sushma Swaraj informed the Rajya Sabha members in the Parliament that the 39 Indian nationals, who went missing in Mosul in 2014, were killed by the terror outfit Islamic State (IS).
The 39 persons, most of whom hailed from Punjab, were working on projects near Mosul when they were kidnapped.