Iraq to recover Indian bodies back home

02 April, 2018, 11:23 | Author: Rita Burton
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"All necessary arrangements have been made to transport the mortal remains of 31 Indians killed in Iraq, who hail from different places in Punjab and Himachal, to their native places when the bodies reach tomorrow", Amritsar Deputy Commissioner Kamaldeep Singh Sangha said Sunday.

The Minister is expected to return with the bodies by late evening. "And in Patna, we will hand over the remaining bodies", Singh had said.

As many as 40 Indians were abducted by the ISIS terror group from Mosul in Iraq but one of them escaped posing as a Muslim from Bangladesh, Swaraj had said in Rajya Sabha. This is the same aircraft that was used to evacuate Indians from war-torn Yemen in 2015.

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Earlier on Saturday, Singh said that the legal procedures of obtaining the mortal remains of the 39 Indians killed in Iraq had been completed and New Delhi was waiting for Baghdad to give the green signal.

As 27 of the deceased Indians are natives of Punjab and four hail from Himachal Pradesh, the bodies will be brought to Amritsar, following which the mortal of remains of the other victims will be sent to their respective states. Then, we will go to Kolkata to handover the two bodies there. VK Singh left for Iraq yesterday and expected to return with mortals today, which will be handed over to their families.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj announced in Parliament recently that the 39 Indians kidnapped by the ISIS in 2014 in Mosul had been killed at Badoosh.

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