PM Modi expresses grief over killing of 39 Indians in Iraq

External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj flanked by her deputies M.J. Akbar and Gen V.K. Singh addresses a press conference over the death of 39 Indians who were abducted and killed by ISIS in Iraq in New Delhi on Tuesday

Khokon Sikdar and Samar Tikadar, both from Nadia district, were among 39 Indian labourers who were killed in Mosul by the ISIS in 2014. "I want to see DNA reports", she added.

Sushma said that the Minister of State for External Affairs VK Singh visited the Indian Ambassador in Iraq and a Iraq government official in Badush city and started searching for the missing Indians, local people said that the ISIS terrorists buried some dead bodies. She did not take any names.

In a statement to the Rajya Sabha Tuesday, Swaraj said Masih posed as Ali from Bangladesh to escape with a group of Bangladeshi men, who were separated from the Indians.

Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah, in a series of tweets, said that using Parliament as an excuse for the families of 39 dead Indians having to learn of their heartbreaking loss from TV channels is unpardonable.

"With a heavy heart, I have to inform the House that they are no more", she added. I was not involved in any falsehood. she said, referring to her statements in Parliament in 2014 and 2017.

Families of the victims said they were finding it hard to believe that their near and dear ones were no more. "I kept lying there and later escaped".

In a September 26, 2016 dated letter, the MEA informed Gurpinder Kaur - her brother was one of the captive Indians - that Swaraj was monitoring the situation carefully, and that in light of the situation, the Iraqi camp Erbil was upgraded to the level of Consulate General of India.




"I had an intuition when the government asked us to go for DNA tests".

In June 2014, Islamic State militants had allegedly abducted 40 Indian labourers from a construction site near Mosul. She also accused Congress president Rahul Gandhi of asking Jyotiraditya Scindia to lead protests in Lok Sabha.

"In Rajya Sabha, everyone listened to me patiently". The Congress indulged in very cheap level of politics and crossed the limit.

Implying that Masih's narrative had been a false one all along, Swaraj said: "He later made a story saying we were taken to a jungle where ISIS terrorists fired".

The government has rejected the claims of Harjit Masih of Gurdaspur, who had managed to escape the kidnappers, that he had witnessed the massacre of the 39 Indians. "Their dignity was supposed to be protected, but the forces of evil wanted to defame the principles of Islam", said al-Shimari, whose government body documents those killed by IS.

The sister of Manjinder said, "Yes, she was supposed to announce this in Parliament first, but he was part of our family".

The Minister said told the media DNA samples of 38 people have been matched, verification of one victim is under process.

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