Indians Abducted by ISIS in Mosul are Dead, Says Sushma Swaraj

External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj at the press conference on Tuesday

Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj told India's parliament that DNA tests on bodies found in the grave near Mosul matched with the 39 missing construction workers, Reuters reported.

Investigators used DNA samples from relatives to confirm the identities of 38 bodies, Rajpurohit said.

"I have concrete proof that 39 Indians have been killed", Swaraj said about the Indians who were abducted by ISIL in 2014.

"Now they are blaming us for politicising it. 39 Indians have died, but the minister is praising the government and thanking the PM and her junior minister", he said.

The minister added: "General VK Singh, our ambassador Pradeep Rajput and an officer from the Iraq government together left for Badush... search operations led to a mound in Badush where locals said some bodies were buried by the ISIS". The plane carrying the mortal remains will first go to Amritsar, then to Patna and finally to Kolkata.

The workers were abducted in June 2014 when IS jihadists overran large swathes of territory in Iraq and captured Mosul. "We reached there and requested Iraqi authorities to use a deep penetration radar, which detected many bodies under the surface", she told parliament.

Indian residents Raj Kumar (L) and Kawaljeet (C) pose with a photograph of their son Dharmendra Kumar, who was among the 39 missing workers held hostage, on May 15, 2015.

Harjit Masih, the only Indian to escape the abductors, had claimed that the others in the group were gunned down on June 15, 2014, media reports said. "The government should have told us they have no information about missing Indians rather than making false statements", said Sarwan adding that it is the government's biggest failure. I said this to the government when they kept me in custody for one year. The government had sent DNA samples of relatives for the goal of verification of bodies. Heart-rending scenes were visible outside the homes of the deceased in Punjab as wailing family members tried to give vent to their pain having heard on TV, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj's statement that all 39 Indians in ISIS captivity were dead. Four governments Punjab, West Bengal, Himachal Pradesh and Bihar were involved. For verification of the bodies, DNA samples of their relatives were sent there.

The Associated Press quoted the envoy as saying that the bodies will be sent back to India "in a couple of weeks or so".

"We have been in constant touch with the Minister of External Affairs who assured us that the 39 Indians who were captive there were safe", advocate Gaurav Bansal said speaking to DNA.

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