New Delhi, March 20: Expressing grief over the death of missing 39 Indians in Iraq Congress MP Shashi Tharoor on Tuesday asked why was this information delayed by the government adding, it gave ‘false hopes’ to the families.
This is saddening for every Indian, rest I would ask why was this information delayed by the govt, they should tell how it happened, when they died. Also, the way govt gave high hopes to the families was not right, Tharoor said outside the parliament.
Meanwhile, Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh also questioned the same, saying we had expected this and it was known since much earlier.
Earlier in a day, External Affairs Minister (EAM) Sushma Swaraj confirmed that 39 Indians, who went missing in Iraq’s Mosul have lost their lives.
The minister told the Rajya Sabha that their bodies were spotted using deep penetration radar.
“The bodies were exhumed from mass graves and their identities confirmed by DNA tests”, she asserted.
The mortal remains were sent to Baghdad. For verification of bodies DNA samples of relatives were sent there, four state governments including Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, West Bengal and Bihar were involved.
Swaraj informed the higher house that the external ministry received the information on Monday, adding the DNA samples of 38 people have matched and DNA of the 39th person has matched 70 percent.
General VK Singh will go to Iraq to bring back mortal remains of Indians killed in Iraq. The plane carrying mortal remains will first go to Amritsar, then to Patna and then to Kolkata.
All of deceased were construction workers, mostly hailed from Punjab, and were employed by an Iraqi company in Mosul.
In 2014, they were taken hostage by Islamic State militants (ISIS when they took control of the second largest city in Iraq. The workers were trying to leave Mosul when they were held, hostage.