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VK Singh in Iraq; bodies of 39 Indians to be brought today

02 April 2018, 11:19 | Jermaine Blake

MoS VK Singh to leave for Iraq; to bring back mortal remains of 39 Indians

Remains of 39 Indians will arrive on Monday

"I will be flying straight to Amritsar followed by Patna and Kolkata", he said.

Singh is slated to leave for Baghdad in a special C-17 plane at around 11 am on Sunday. "We will hand over the mortal remains to their families". The families have been informed of his arrival.

"The minister left around 1 pm from the Hindon airbase and is expected to return with the bodies tomorrow", an official said.

"I am leaving for Iraq, will be getting back mortal remains of the 39 Indians".

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.

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The mortal remains of the 39 Indians who were killed by the ISIS following their abduction in 2014 will be brought back to India on Monday.

As 27 of the deceased Indians are natives of Punjab and four hail from Himachal Pradesh, the bodies will be brought to Amritsar, following which the mortal of remains of the other victims will be sent to their respective states.

Indian Ambassador Pradeep Singh Rajpurohit said that the bodies had been taken to Baghdad International Airport and would be flown back on a military flight, arriving in India on Monday.

Earlier, Swaraj had told Parliament last month that all the 39 Indians, abducted by the ISIS in Iraq in 2014, had been killed and their bodies recovered. The remaining 39 were taken to Badoosh and killed.



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