Won't declare 39 Indians missing in Mosul as dead: Sushma Swaraj

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External Affairs MinisterSushma Swaraj on Wednesday said the government had not "misled anyone" on the report that 39 Indians were missing in Iraq.

Yesterday, Swaraj said that there is no evidence to substantiate the claim that 39 Indians missing in Mosul, Iraq, have died.

Swaraj assured that she would infrom the Parliament if the session is on or inform them via Twitter about the missing Indians.

Swaraj said during her interaction with Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari here on Monday, she sought an update on the missing Indians backed up by evidence.

However, Iraq recently said that it has no "information about whereabouts of 39 Indians", while confirming that the prison at Badush, their last known location, has been demolished by terror group ISIS. But when she ordered inquiry, there were no corpses or blood stains in Mosul. The minister said that she has requested the Iraqi foreign minister to trace the jail warden who could help them with the details.




Making a suo motu statement in Lok Sabha amid protests by Opposition members, especially from the Congress, Swaraj said: "Whatever I have done is with the permission of the House. I also told them that I am not in touch with any of the missing persons and all my information comes from other sources".

"In one of our meetings, Swaraj had informed us that she was told by the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas that all the 39 Indians were alive". She further added that Bajwa had asked for an apology from her for misleading the nation, but instead of apologising she was firm on her saying that she will not declare them dead till she gets credible evidence and will continue to search. She also stated that she would meet the families only if she had some credible proof of the fate of the 39 Indians.

"If someone feels they are dead, you are free to go to the families. What benefit my government gets by misleading the people on the issue". "Otherwise there will be bodies, are the bodies in shape to do a DNA test..." she said.

In June 2014, it was reported that Islamic State militants had abducted 40 Indian labourers - all them from low-income families in Punjab - from a construction site near Mosul. "It is a crime to do this without proper proof", she said.

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