Bodies of 39 Indians killed in Iraq to reach India today

Posted April 02, 2018

The minister is expected to bring back the bodies by Monday.

"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", PTI quoted Amritsar Deputy Commissioner Kamaldeep Singh Sangha said Monday. The former Army chief said that the families of the deceased have been informed about how the mortal remains would be handed over to them.

The Indian embassy in Iraq, along with departments in Iraq, is working with the certification and documentation process of the mortal remains of the 39 Indians, and the same will be completed by Sunday.

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He will then go to Patna and Kolkata to personally hand over the bodies of the other victims to their kin.

"I am leaving for Iraq, will be getting back mortal remains of the 39 Indians".

On March 20, Union External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj informed the Rajya Sabha that all 39 Indians kidnapped by ISIS in Mosul three years ago were dead.

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The bodies were stored in a freezer at the Medico Legal Institute of Iraq in Baghdad.

Of the Indian citizens killed by the terrorist organisation, 27 belonged to Punjab while four hailed from Himachal Pradesh.

DNA testing by Martyrs Foundation established the identity of 38 Indians while there has been 70 per cent matching of the DNA for the 39th person, she had said. "We can't bring the mortal remains of Raju Yadav but we will bring rest of the five to Patna".

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