The wait ends: Bodies of 39 Indians to come home today



New Delhi, April 2: Today the wait of the unfortunate relatives of the 39 deceased Indians who lost their lives in Mosul, Iraq ends as the mortal remains of their bodies arrive today. They will finally rest in peace in their motherland.

Minister of State for External Affairs Gen. (retd.) V.K. Singh on Sunday left for Iraq to bring back the mortal remains of the 38 Indians who were confirmed to have been killed in the war-torn country. 

Swaraj had told Parliament that all the 39 Indians, abducted by the ISIS in Iraq in 2014, had been killed and their bodies recovered.

As many as 40 Indians were abducted by the ISIS terror group from Mosul in Iraq but one of them escaped posing as a Muslim from Bangladesh, Swaraj had said in Rajya Sabha.

The remaining 39 Indians were taken to Badoosh and killed, she had said.

Search operations led to a mound in Badoosh where locals said some bodies were buried by the ISIS. Deep penetration radars were used to establish that the mound indeed was a mass grave, she had said, adding the Indian authorities requested their Iraqi counterpart to exhume the bodies.

Swaraj said the mass grave had exactly 39 bodies, with distinctive features such as long hair, non-Iraqi shoes and IDs. The bodies were then sent to Baghdad for DNA testing.

DNA testing by Martyrs Foundation established the identity of 38 Indians while there has been 70 per cent matching of the DNA for the 39th person, she had said. 

This was that of Raju Kumar Yadav from Bihar. The Government had recently sent a second DNA sample of Yadav’s brother to the Iraqi Capital Baghdad and the match confirmed the 39th boy to be that of Raju Kumar Yadav.

News24Bureau with Agencies

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