38 Indians Killed in Mosul Cremated, PM Modi Announces Ex-Gratia

The 39 Indians were kidnapped near Iraq’s Mosul by the Islamic State in June 2014.

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External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, on 20 March, confirmed the death of 39 Indians who were abducted by the Islamic State in Iraq in 2014.

Deep Penetration Radar Confirmed Deaths: Sushma Swaraj

Speaking in the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday, 20 March, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj confirmed that 39 Indians who were kidnapped by the Islamic State in 2014 were dead.

Mortal remains were sent to Baghdad for verification. The DNA samples of the relatives were sent there, and four state governments – Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, West Bengal and Bihar – were involved.
Sushma Swaraj, Minister of External Affairs

She said that the DNA samples of 38 Indians matched, while that of 39th Indian matched up to 70 percent.

Deep penetration radar confirmed that all Indians were dead after all bodies were exhumed.
Sushma Swaraj
5:58 AM, 20 Mar

Rajya Sabha Adjourned

The Rajya Sabha was adjourned for the day after ruckus erupted in the Upper House following Sushma Swaraj’s statement confirming the deaths of 39 Indians kidnapped in Iraq.

6:01 AM, 20 Mar

Watch: Sushma Swaraj's Statement in Parliament

#Live| EAM Sushma Sawaraj addresses Rajya Sabha on death of Indians in Mosul, Iraq.

Posted by The Quint on Monday, March 19, 2018
6:05 AM, 20 Mar

Watch: 39 Indians, ISIS and Harjit Masih’s Great Escape

Harjit Masih, the lone survivor who had managed to flee from ISIS captivity in Iraq in June 2014 following his abduction along with 39 other Indians there, said he had been maintaining for the last three years that all others had been killed.

I had been saying for the last three years that all 39 Indians had been killed (by ISIS militants).
Harjit Masih

"I had spoken the truth," asserted Masih, resident of village Kala Afghana in Gurdaspur district of Punjab.

Harjit Masih, who was among the 40 Indians who were abducted by ISIS from Mosul, Iraq in 2014 returned with a horrific story. Watch The Quint’s documentary on the man and his great escape.

6:07 AM, 20 Mar

VK Singh to Bring Back Mortal Remains

Minister of State for External Affairs VK Singh will travel to Iraq onboard a special aircraft to bring back the mortal remains of the 39 Indians killed in Mosul.

Published: 20 Mar 2018, 11:18 AM IST
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