Indians Missing In Iraq Since 2014 Declared Dead, Confirms Sushma Swaraj

"One body is yet to be identified and matched with DNA", said the Minister. All were Indian, and all had been shot, many in the head. The tests were conducted in Baghdad.

The killing was a "heinous crime carried out by Daesh terrorist gangs", Iraqi official Najiha Abdul-Amir al-Shimari told reporters.

The minister admitted that it was unclear when the missing Indians had been killed. He also described how the men had been shot.

All of them were construction workers, mostly from Punjab.

Around 10,000 Indians worked and lived in Iraq at that time.

The 39 Indian workers had gone missing in the Iraqi city of Mosul after it was overrun by the Islamic State (IS) terrorist organisation in June 2014. "Even for the no-confidence motion, you need to go back to your seats", Mahajan said. "We never heard from him again". Swaraj further said, "Masih is just an individual, he could claim 39 others are dead; but we are the Government, we cannot say this so easily". There were mass graves. He said that a few days after the Indian contingent was taken hostage in June, they were all taken to a hilltop and shot from behind.

At the height of its power, IS controlled almost a third of the country. Then the ISIS took them to Badush.

Earlier in the day, Sushma Swaraj told the Rajya Sabha that their bodies were spotted using deep penetration radar.

The mortal remains, which were exhumed from a mass grave in Badosh, will be brought back to India on a special plane and handed over to their relatives, she said.

"We felt these were our people... contacted a foundation working on the issue and shared missing workers' families' DNA samples with them for the identification process", the foreign minister told parliament.

National Conference leader Omar Abdullah said it was "unpardonable" that families of victims had to learn about their heartbreaking loss from television channels instead of the government.

In her statement, Sushma said that the mortal remains were sent to Baghdad, and for the verification of their identities, DNA samples of relatives were sent. The workers were trying to leave Mosul when they were taken hostage. Then the militants opened fire. Initially, there was no reason for us to believe that Islamic State could kill Indians the way they were targeting Yazidi and Christians, because India has not been in direct confrontation with them. He was shot in the thigh but managed to escape.

"He had left for Iraq 7 years ago".

  • Leroy Wright