Mortal remains of 38 construction workers to be flown home


On Sunday, Minister of State for External Affairs VK Singh left for Iraq in a C-17 plane to bring back mortal remains of the Indians killed in the war-torn country, sources said. He will first land in Amritsar where he would hand over the mortal remains of 27 people who belonged to Punjab and four who belonged to Himachal Pradesh. "The families of the victims have been informed about the same", Singh had said earlier on Sunday.

The GoI had even asked Iraq for help in locating the missing Indians after Iraqi forces recaptured Mosul from ISIS.

The director of the Amritsar global airport, officials of the customs, immigration, Central Industrial Security Force, police, Indian Air Force officials and other members of the bureau of civil aviation held a meeting Sunday to ensure a smooth progress of the handing over of the bodies. Will return to Amritsar, then Kolkata and then Patna.

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Last month, external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj had told Parliament that 40 Indians were abducted by ISIS from Mosul in Iraq in June 2014, but one of them escaped posing as a Muslim from Bangladesh. She said that their bodies were identified using deep penetration radar.

While Iraq's Martyr's Foundation has been able to determine the DNA match for 38 Indians, the 39th Indian Raju Yadav's DNA matching is still under process. The remaining 39 were taken to Badoosh and killed. It was finally confirmed they were killed by the ISIS and buried under a hillock at Badosh near Mosul.