Bodies of 38 Indians to be brought from Iraq on Monday

India to receive bodies of 39 workers killed by IS in Iraq

Minister of state for external affairs Gen. V.K. Singh (Retd) on Sunday left for Iraq to bring back the mortal remains of 38 Indians confirmed to have been killed by the ISIS in the war-torn country. His first stop on the way back would be Amritsar where 27 bodies of victims from Punjab and four from Himachal Pradesh would be handed over to their relatives. "We will hand over the mortal remains to their families. Just like a martyr's we will send each and every one's mortal remains to their family", he said.

The aircraft will then travel to Patna and then to Kolkata.

A special plane carrying the bodies of 38 of 39 Indians, who went missing in Mosul in June 2014 and whom the government recently declared dead, is expected to land in Amritsar on Monday.

Earlier on Saturday, Singh said that the legal procedures of obtaining the mortal remains of the 39 Indians killed in Iraq had been completed and New Delhi was waiting for Baghdad to give the green signal. The Punjab government has deputed Local Bodies minister Navjot Sidhu to receive the mortal remains at the airport.




One of them escaped the clutches of Islamic State by posing as a Muslim from Bangladesh.

Indian ambassador Pradeep Singh Rajpurohit said the bodies had been taken to Baghdad International Airport and would be flown back on a military flight, arriving in India on Monday.

The remaining 39 Indians were taken to Badoosh and killed, she had said.

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