External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has revealed that all 39 Indians, who were kidnapped by the ISIS in Iraq’s Mosul were dead.
Swaraj told the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday that the DNA of all those Indians had matched adding that her deputy, Gen (Retd) VK Singh, will travel to Iraq with a chartered plane to get their mortal remains back home. A majority of those dead are from Punjab with others from Himachal Pradesh, Bihar and Bengal.
Swaraj added that the special plane will take the mortal remains to all the three states. She said, “The plane will bring the mortal remains first to Amritsar as the most number of people are from Punjab. Each body will contain the DNA certificate and their passport details. The plane will first touch down at Amritsar airport because 31 of them were from Punjab and four from Himachal Pradesh.”
Swaraj said that she always wanted to have the conclusive evidence at her disposal before declaring the kidnapped Indians dead. The minister added that having the mortal remains of their loved ones will finally bring the closure for the aggrieved families.
Swaraj had told the Upper House last year that her government was not giving up the search for the Indian nationals kidnapped in Mosul, which was liberated from the ISIS in July last year.
Indian nationals were kidnapped by ISIS terrorists in 2014 when the city was captured by the brutal terrorist organisation. They were trying to flee Mosul when they were kidnapped.