New Delhi, March 20: External Affairs Minister (EAM) Sushma Swaraj on Tuesday confirmed that 39 Indians, who went missing in Iraq’s Mosul have lost their lives.
While speaking in Rajya Sabha, she stated deep penetration radar confirmed that all Indians were dead after all bodies were exhumed.
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.
Earlier, India sought help from Iraq in locating the missing Indians after Iraqi forces recaptured Mosul from IS.
The 39 persons, most of whom belonged to Punjab, were working on projects near Mosul, when they were kidnapped during their evacuation in 2014.