Bodies of 38 Indians killed in Iraq to arrive Tuesday


He is expected to return with the mortal remains of Indians from the war-torn country by late Monday night or Tuesday morning. From Amritsar, Singh is expected to Patna, followed by Kolkata to hand over bodies to their relatives, official sources said.

The Minister had earlier said that she will not consider them dead unless there was proof in this regard, rejecting lone survivor Harjit Masih's claim that the 39 Indians taken captive by the Islamic State were shot dead.

Gen. Singh will bring back the mortal remains of the slain Indian workers in a special plane.

Singh will first go to Amritsar to hand over the bodies of the deceased Indians to their families.

A few days ago, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, had informed the Parliament that the 39 Indians, who went missing in Iraq's Mosul, were killed by the terror outfit IS in 2014.

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Families of some of these victims had met External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in New Delhi on March 26.

"I am leaving for Iraq, will be getting back mortal remains of the 39 Indians". Of the 38 Indians, 27 were from Punjab, four from Himachal Pradesh, six from Bihar and two from West Bengal.

The director of the Amritsar global airport, officials of the customs, immigration, Central Industrial Security Force, police, Indian Air Force officials and other members of the bureau of civil aviation held a meeting Sunday to ensure a smooth progress of the handing over of the bodies.

"Mortal remains were sent to Baghdad".