Mortal remains of 38 Indians killed in Iraq arrives

A kite flies during a 2011 protest against U.S. wars in Iraq and beyond

The 39 Indian workers who were killed after being kidnapped in 2014 by the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq's Mosul were shot dead, a lot of them in the head, forensic tests have confirmed.

"Only one Raju Yadav's remains are left to be brought back from Iraq".

Amritsar: A special flight carrying bodies of 38 of 39 Indians killed by the terror group ISIS in Iraq's Mosul has landed in Amritsar, the government said on Monday.

The construction workers, employees of a Baghdad-based firm, were reportedly abducted in mid-June 2014 after ISIL militants took control of Mosul, Iraq's second-biggest city.

Of the Indian citizens killed by the terrorist organisation, 27 belonged to Punjab while four hailed from Himachal Pradesh. He made his way back to India, where he told authorities that his 39 colleagues had been killed.

There were around 10,000 Indians working in Iraq at the time, most of whom fled the country during the upsurge in violence in 2014.

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Asked how they were killed, Singh, a former army chief, said that some of the persons were killed by bullets.

Earlier, families of victims also protested over not being allowed to open the coffins.

"Once the embassy had been informed about them, they can not say that they did not have a record".

Besides, a member of each family will be given job as per qualification, he said. "He said, 'Have you ask us before coming here?' We in India and they in Iraq kept contacting Indian officials, but the efforts bore no fruits", the resident of Sangoana village in Amritsar district said.

Singh assured jobs to the kin, "We will give government jobs to the kin of deceased it will be given to them on the basis of their educational qualifications". He also made it clear that the Punjab Government in collaboration with the Union Government would take stringent action against the travel agents sending youth overseas by unfair means.

He said that the Union Government would be in league with the State Government to extend every possible assistance to the bereaved families.

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