New Delhi, Oct 27: After the government sought DNA samples from the next of families of the 39 Indians who went missing in Iraq three years ago, Minister of State for External Affairs V.K. Singh is again visiting the country to seek an update.
External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveeh Kumar on Friday stated that Singh’s visit “is to talk to people”.
“He has met a range of people in Iraq. And also to get an update on the 39 missing Indians in Iraq,” Kumar said.
Kumar asserted that Sing visited Mosul city where the Indians went missing on Thursday.
Last week, the families of the 39 Indians were asked to provide their DNA samples but no reason was provided, the kin said.
Since June 2014, the 39 Indians, mostly from Punjab, went missing in Mosul town when it was overrun by the Islamic State. Their kins continue to hope the men are alive but also fear the worst.
The Minister of State for External Affairs had paid visit to Iraq in July too regarding this.