Indian workers in Iraq confirmed dead

39 Indians missing in Iraq ‘killed’ confirms EAM Sushma Swaraj

If your sources have been saying they were alive and now suddenly what happened.

"The MEA and particularly my colleagues Sushma Swaraj ji and General VK Singh ji left no stone unturned in trying to trace and safely bring back those we lost in Mosul", Modi said.

India's foreign ministry spokesperson had confirmed in June 2014 that 40 Indian workers of the Tariq Nur Al Huda company in Mosul were kidnapped when ISIL captured Mosul and large parts of Iraq.

Harjit Masih, the only Indian survivor, has long said the rest of the group had been killed. But the government rejected it.

On Tuesday, Swaraj said Masih had lied.

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh tweeted, "Shattered at the heart-wrenching news. that the 39 Indians missing in Iraq, most of whom were Punjabis, are dead".




Iraqi authorities used radar to establish that the mound was a mass grave, she said, and exhumed the bodies.

Search operations led to a mound in Badoosh where locals said some bodies were buried by the ISIS. "The 39th had a partial match as he didn't have any immediate family", said Swaraj. IS likely killed them for their religious beliefs. It could be six months ago or two years ago. "Till late in the evening, none of the officials from either the centre or the West Bengal government has approached us", Abhishek Hira, cousin of Khokhon Sikdar, said. We maintained this in 2014 and 2017.

"If the government didn't have any details, why did they keep telling everyone they are alive? I am getting regular sympathy words from the Union Government of India from the last three years but nothing has been done on the part of Government". The party also demanded that PM Narendra Modi and Swaraj apologise to the families, and grant compensation of Rs 1 crore each.

"With full proof I can say these 39 are dead", Swaraj said on Tuesday. My deepest condolences to the families of those who have lived in hope, that their loved ones will return unharmed. "My thoughts and prayers are with all of you today", Mr. Gandhi said on Twitter.

In July previous year, Swaraj firmly said in Parliament that she would not declare the 39 Indians dead without concrete proof or evidence. "We are a responsible government, we do not believe in the missing-to-be-killed policy", she added. "I had spoken the truth", asserted Masih, a resident of village Kala Afghana in Gurdaspur district of Punjab. "Their dignity was supposed to be protected, but the forces of evil wanted to defame the principles of Islam", said al-Shimari, whose government body documents those killed by IS.

Masih's counsel Munish Kumar said, "We have argued that since Harjit was working in Mosul as a labourer, there was no ground to book him in cases for alleged offences cheating, human trafficking etc".

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