VK Singh to visit Iraq on Sunday to bring back remains of 39 Indians killed
March 30, 2018
Minister of State of ministry of external affairs General V K Singh (retired) will visit Iraq on April 1 (Sunday) to bring back the mortal remains of the 39 Indians who were killed by the Islamic State in Mosul.
On March 20, External Affairs Minister in a statement in Parliament that the 39 Indians abducted by the Islamic State terror outfit in Mosul in Iraq three years ago were dead and their bodies had been recovered.
While it was not immediately known when the Indians were killed, their bodies were recovered from Badosh — a village in northwest of Mosul, and their identities were established through DNA testing.
She had said, “I had said that I will not declare anyone dead without substantive proof… today I have come to fulfil that commitment.”
I had said that closure will be done with full proof. And when we will, with a heavy heart, give the mortal remains to their kin, it will be a kind of closure.
A group of 40 Indian workers, mostly from Punjab, and some Bangladeshi were taken hostage by the Islamic State when it overran Iraqs second largest city Mosul in 2014.(Agencies)