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39 Indians killed in Mosul; news updates: Will leave no stones unturned in bringing our dead back, tweets Modi

Thirty-nine Indians kidnapped by the Islamic State in Iraq's Mosul in 2014 are dead, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said on Tuesday.

FP Staff March 20, 2018 18:25:58 IST
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39 Indians killed in Mosul; news updates: Will leave no stones unturned in bringing our dead back, tweets Modi

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Mar 20, 2018 - 18:23 (IST)

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Mar 20, 2018 - 18:07 (IST)

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Mar 20, 2018 - 18:02 (IST)

Intelligence agencies knew of deaths in 2014; Govt waited for liberation before announcement

Mosul was declared liberated from the Islamic State in July 2017. A month later, when Indian officials arrived, they found that 39 Indians taken hostage by the terrorists of the so-called caliphate were missing. The Indian authorities were informed about mass graves in Badush, a village northwest of Mosul, which had a prison cell operated by the Islamic State terrorists.

A missive was sent to New Delhi, which contacted the state government to arrange DNA samples of family members of 39 missing Indians. The process was finally completed with the help of respective district magistrates in October- November 2017.

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Mar 20, 2018 - 17:53 (IST)

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Mar 20, 2018 - 17:31 (IST)

Faced with tragedy, family members reveal agents, employers duped people on promise of well-paying jobs

Nishan Singh was a crane operator and had been working in Dubai since 2011. In 2013 his employer put two options before him that either he should go back home as there was no work in Dubai or he should go and work in Iraq. 

Given the volatile situation in Iraq, initially, Nishan was hesitant to go but due to the ‘attractive salary’ being offered to him, he left for Mosul. Only once he could send Rs 20,000 back home to his parents but after that it stopped, as he himself failed to get the salary promised to him, which was Rs 40,000. The family of Nishan Singh visited Delhi several times and even met Minister for External Affairs, Sushma Swaraj. Except assurances, they got nothing. 

“My brother told us that his employer never gave him the salary promised that was to him. Whatever he used to get got spent on food. He was in a very deplorable state over there. A person who has no means to earn his livelihood here in Punjab, goes to Dubai and Middle East for a job,” added Sarvan, who finally broke into tears. 

Mar 20, 2018 - 17:27 (IST)

Aman Kumar's family paid Rs 1 lakh to agent to get him job in Iraq

Aman Kumar from Kangra district in Himachal Pradesh left for Mosul in 2013. The family paid Rs 1 lakh to an agent from Kharar, Chandigarh. Aman was a high school dropout and used to operate heavy construction vehicles and was getting paid Rs 50,000 a month in Iraq. His brother Raman Kumar told Firstpost that the family is in deep shock but doesn't want to comment further at the moment. 

Mar 20, 2018 - 17:11 (IST)

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Latest updates: "We do not know when they were killed, could be six months back or two years back, in any case search for bodies would have begun only after the liberation of Mosul which happened in July," Swaraj said.

Family members of those killed said that no one from the government reached out to them and they heard the news on television. Sushma will brief the press shortly.

Congress president Rahul Gandhi said he is shocked to hear of the confirmation of deaths of 39 kidnapped Indians in Mosul.

As family members of those killed mourn the tragedy, one of them said that the government had made false promises to the people.

Union minister VK Singh said that the Opposition was making an issue out of a non-issue. Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh has condoled the demise of the 39 Indians in Mosul and has said that this announcement should have been made earlier.

Thirty-nine Indians kidnapped by the Islamic State in Iraq's Mosul in 2014 are dead, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said on Tuesday.

The minister told the Rajya Sabha that their bodies were spotted using deep penetration radar. The bodies were exhumed from mass graves and their identities confirmed by DNA tests, she said.

39 Indians killed in Mosul news updates Will leave no stones unturned in bringing our dead back tweets Modi

File image of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. PTI

"The bodies were sent to Baghdad for DNA testing. The DNA of 38 Indians have been matched," she said.

All of them were construction workers, mostly from Punjab, and were employed by an Iraqi company in Mosul.

They were taken hostage by Islamic State militants when they took control of the second largest city in Iraq in 2014. The workers were trying to leave Mosul when they were held hostage.

Minister of State for External Affairs VK Singh visited Iraq, days after Mosul was liberated by Iraqi forces from the rule of Islamic State.

In July 2017, after ruckus in the Lok Sabha over the issue of the 39 Indians missing in Mosul, Swaraj said that there is no evidence to substantiate the claim that they have died. "And declaring anyone dead without proof is a sin that I won't commit," she had said.

Earlier, the Punjab Congress had accused the external affairs minister of "misleading" the country on the fate of missing Indians abducted in Iraq, and asked her to provide "credible information" on the issue.

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