Didn't mislead, needed proof of Indian captives' death, says Sushma Swaraj

Didn't mislead, needed proof of Indian captives' death, says Sushma Swaraj

Didn't mislead, needed proof of Indian captives' death, says Sushma Swaraj

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

Senior Congress leader Ambika Soni also hit out at External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj for "playing politics" over the death of the 39 Indian nationals who were abducted and killed by the ISIS.

Swaraj informed the Indian Parliament on Tuesday that deep penetration radar confirmed that there were no Indians among those now in Daesh's captivity.

Reports are coming that the bodies were exhumed from mass graves in Iraq's Badush and DNA testing led to the identification of 38 as being of missing Indians.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said all Indians stood in solidarity with families of the Indians killed in Mosul in Iraq and the government was "fully committed" to ensure the safety of Indians overseas.

"We recovered ID cards, long hair, kada and some non-Iraqi footwear", Swaraj said. "He was not willing to tell me how he escaped", she said.

The government had for years insisted they were believed still alive and the latest announcement sparked criticism from some relatives of the dead.

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MoS EAM, General VK Singh, will go to Iraq to bring back mortal remains of all the Indians. Swaraj has notably been assuring the kins of victims that they are alive despite Harjit Masih's claims that his compatriots were shot in the head in front of his eyes. "I had said this in Parliament earlier", said Swaraj. Of the 40 men, Harjit Masih from Gurdaspur managed to escape by faking his identity as a Muslim from Bangladesh and claimed to have witnessed the massacre of the others.

The confirmation came in the form of a suo motu statement External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj made in the Rajya Sabha after a limited truce was struck between the government and the opposition in the chamber of the House Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu.

Twenty-four of them belonged to Punjab, and there's anger and resentment among the families about being given false hope. "I had very clearly said that I will declare them dead if I get conclusive proof".

Indian authorities then sent DNA samples from relatives of the missing workers.

Countering this allegation, Swaraj said she followed parliamentary procedures.

Hitting out at the government over the issue, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor said, "Giving falsehood to people is actually cruel and suggests a certain level of lack of transparency on part of the government". Masih said that Indians were working at a factory in Iraq in 2014.

Swaraj had categorically denied any truth in Masih's statement.

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