All 39 Indian hostages in Iraq dead: Sushma Swaraj

All 39 Indian hostages in Iraq dead: Sushma Swaraj

All 39 Indian hostages in Iraq dead: Sushma Swaraj

One of them reportedly escaped by posing as a Muslim of Bangladeshi origin. When an eyewitness came forward said the IS have killed the Indians, they dismissed that too.

Meanwhile, the families of the 39 Indians who have been killed in Iraq were in mourning after the announcement made by Swaraj.

Clarifying on why the kin of the victims were not informed before the parliament about the deaths, Sushma said it was her duty and parliamentary procedure to inform the House first before anyone else.

After they were discovered with the help of deep penetration radar, the bodies were exhumed and sent to Baghdad for forensic analysis. "It would have been a sin had we handed over anybody's body claiming it to be those of our people, just for the sake of closing file".

"It is my appeal to the Government of India and the Punjab government to provide all possible help and financial aid to families of 39 Indians killed in Iraq", he tweeted.

Immediately after Swaraj's statement today, opposition parties, including the Congress and CPI (M) slammed the government over the delay in announcing the death of these Indians which gave "false hope" to their families that they were alive. "The minister should have called us before exploding the bomb on us", Singh said.

"The external affairs minister had said that they (the Indians) will not be declared dead without proof and she kept her words".

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She said Ranjit, who was unmarried and would have been 30 if alive, was not the only brother of two sisters.

External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj on Tuesday said the Congress was indulging in "cheap politics" by disrupting proceedings in the Lok Sabha when she was to make a statement on the deaths of 39 Indians in Iraq.

Harjit Masih is the lone survivor who was kidnapped along with 39 others by the terrorist outfit but managed to escape.

All the 39 Indians, who were abducted by ISIS in Iraq almost three years back, were killed and their bodies have been recovered, PTI quoted Swaraj as saying. "I had very clearly said that I will declare them dead if I get conclusive proof".

Swaraj said, "The plane carrying mortal remains will first go to Amritsar, then to Patna and then to Kolkata".

While 31 of those abducted were from Punjab, the rest were from Himachal Pradesh, Bihar and West Bengal. "I was kept in custody for a year and was promised a job which has not been given yet", said Harjit.

"Why did she keep saying they're alive & she'll bring them back?"

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