Iraq to recover Indian bodies back home

Erica Roy
April 2, 2018

He is expected to return with the mortal remains of Indians from the war-torn country by late Monday night or Tuesday morning.

Meanwhile, a kin of one of the deceased Indian said that she hopes that the Indian government provides employment to the family of the ISIS-slain people.

V.K. Singh is expected to fly back with the bodies in an Indian Air Force Boeing C17 aircraft that can lift up to 70 tonnes of weight.

Singh, however said that mortal remains of only 38 Indians will be brought back to India, as a case remains pending.

Of the 39 who died, 27 are from Punjab, four from Himachal Pradesh, two from West Bengal and six from Bihar.

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The bodies were handed over to the Indian authorities in Baghdad on Sunday.

The Minister had said that the DNA samples collected from the missing Indians' relatives matched with 38 bodies, while the identity of the 39th body was yet to be fully confirmed since the DNA sample sent was from someone else in his family as both his parents are dead. "We can't bring the mortal remains of Raju Yadav but we will bring rest of the five to Patna".

Earlier in March, Swaraj had told Parliament that as many as 40 Indians were abducted by terror group Islamic State from Mosul in Iraq in June 2014, but one of them escaped posing as a Muslim from Bangladesh.

In July a year ago, Swaraj had firmly said in the Parliament that she would not declare the 39 Indians dead without concrete proof or evidence.

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