'We demand govt to provide DNA reports' families of 39 killed in Iraq express angst

WION Web Team
New Delhi, Delhi, India Published: Mar 20, 2018, 12:56 PM(IST)

The minister's response yesterday came after a netizen sought her help in the matter through a tweet. Photograph:( PTI )

The 39 kidnapped Indians, who had gone missing in Iraq since 2014, are dead, external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj told the Rajya Sabha today. Swaraj said that the Islamic State (IS) had killed all the Indian nationals.

After informing Parliament on the deaths of 39 Indians in Mosul, Iraq, external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj told reporters that the bodies of Indians weren't found in mass graves but in a mound in Badush.

PM Modi condemned the incident and recently tweeted: "MEA and particularly my colleagues Sushma Swaraj Ji and VK Singh Ji left no stone unturned in trying to trace and safely bring back those we lost in Mosul. Our Government remains fully committed towards ensuring the safety of our sisters and brothers overseas."

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Moreover, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh wrote to Sushma Swaraj expressing his shock on the deaths of 39 Indians and has requested for financial assistance for families of the kin, informaing that 24 of those deceased were from Punjab and that Rs 20,000 were already being provided to the families by the government.

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The sister of Manjinder Singh, who was among the 39 Indians killed by the Islamic State in Iraq, demanded the DNA reports of those killed, saying that the matter has been politicised, adding that the families should be been immediately contacted with the information.

Further, she criticised Swaraj and said that all she cared about was her reputation and had no ounce of sorrow over the loss of lives.

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Kaur accused her of lying about the status of her brother and said: "Why did she keep saying they're alive & she'll bring them back? She could've said she'll bring them back only if they're alive. I want to see DNA reports. We'll get answers only after meeting her".

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Meanwhile, Kamaljeet Kaur, wife of Roop Lal, who was among 39 Indians killed in Iraq's Mosul, also expressed her distress over the news and said: "He had left for Iraq 7 years ago. We last talked to each other in 2015. They had taken DNA samples 2-3 months back. I don't know what to say." 

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