Published: Wed, April 04, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Indian killed in Iraq went through illegal agents: MoS

Indian killed in Iraq went through illegal agents: MoS

Union Minister VK Singh, who on Monday brought back the bodies of 38 of 39 Indians killed in Iraq by a special aircraft, has said that the workers had travelled there illegally so the government had no record of them and couldn't help them.

In response to a specific question by Hindustan Times on Wednesday regarding the Indians being shot dead, a government official said: "We can not say anything beyond what the external affairs minister has said". "The government of India did its best to know about the missing Indians", Singh told reporters in Amritsar.

On behalf of the state government Minister for Food and Civil Supplies, Kishan Kapoor and Kangra Deputy Commissioner Kangra Sandeep Kumar received the the mortal remains four Himachali at Amritsar International Airport on Monday.

The source told AFP that the women, all accompanied by small children in the court, had surrendered to Kurdish peshmerga fighters after having fled Tal Afar, one of the last IS bastions to fall to Iraqi security forces past year.

Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu, flanked with Singh, said the state government would give Rs five lakh each to the family members of the victims. The remains of the 39th worker have not been brought back as DNA tests have not been conclusive. "External Affairs Ministry had asked the families for the details of their members who can be given jobs etc., we will review".

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But we have to live, we have to move on. " I have done everything I could ", Tuleyev said. Sergei Tsyvilyev, Deputy Head of the region, is appointed an acting governor.

But the group from Mosul went silent. Swaraj said the mass grave had exactly 39 bodies, with distinctive features like long hair, non-Iraqi shoes and IDs.

A total of 40 Indians were kidnapped by ISIS in June 2015.

"39 Indians were killed in Mosul, Iraq, as Modi Government continuously misled the families and Nation". A government campaign, backed by the US-led global coalition, was launched in 2016 to retake IS-held regions, managing to retake all havens, most notably the city of Mosul, the group's previously proclaimed capital. Authorities are awaiting DNA samples from a close relative.

The remains of the 38 men reached the country on Monday almost four years after they went missing and were identified through DNA and forensic tests.

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