Iraqi authorities discover bodies of 38 Indians abducted by ISIS

Sushma Swaraj

Sushma Swaraj

"I refused to close the files (of the 39 Indians) till we had concrete proof in hand (about their death)", she said replying to questions on what prompted the government to give hope to the families of the 39 missing Indians since 2014.

"Every Indian grieves with those who lost their loved ones in Mosul".

Swaraj on Tuesday told Parliament that all 39 Indians, abducted by the ISIS in Iraq almost three years back, were killed and their bodies were recovered. "We were not even told about it; we came to know from the TV", she added. "What do we say now?"

"We are clueless about what we need to do. We are not like some governments, which conclude that "missing" means "believed to be killed", she said.

Malkit Ram, whose brother Saganandlal is one of the 39 deceased, said, "My brother went to Iraq in 2012 where he worked as a carpenter". It was in June 2014 that his family heard his voice for the last time.

"We met the Union minister 11 to 12 times and were told that as per their sources, the missing Indians are alive". He sounded nervous and distraught. "He said he was not sure whether he would be back to his family", his cousin said.

With their bread earner gone, the future now seems uncertain for Sikdar's family of four - wife, two daughters and his old and infirm mother.

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Kaur also alleged that the Government provided them false information.

Capping a series of conflicting statements from the government on the fate of these men, Swaraj said the identities of 38 of those dead have been confirmed while one case was still "under process".

The bodies of 39 Indian construction workers who were kidnapped in Iraq by the Islamic State group (ISIS) have been found dead, the government announced on Tuesday, ending almost four years of uncertainty.

The government had for years said it would only declare the men dead once it had full evidence.

Relatives said they received phone calls from some of the workers five days after Mosul was captured in 2015 saying they needed help.

We see young educated women protesting for rights, they should also be aware of other's rights. "But we do not regret trying", the Minister of State for External Affairs said.

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