Punjab CM saddened, AAP flays Sushma over death of Indians

Harjit Masih, the lone Indian worker who reportedly escaped from Islamic State captivity in Iraq in June 2014, claimed he was shot in the leg, but managed to flee. "They were told they will get them back once the fight is over", Kamaljit's father Prem Singh said.

The bodies were found buried near the village of Badush, northwest of Mosul, in an area that Iraqi forces recaptured last July.

"The first sign was that the bodies were exactly 39, plus strands of long hair and a "kada" were also found". "The bodies were brought to Baghdad for DNA testing".

Most of the workers were from the northern state of Punjab. Friendly intelligence services informed Indian counterparts that after capturing Mosul, Islamic State carried out mass executions in the city and barring Sunni hostages, others may not have survived.

"Shattered at the heart-wrenching news. that the 39 Indians missing in Iraq, most of whom were Punjabis, are dead", Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh said on Twitter. It will then travel to Patna and finally to Kolkata, the minister added. "Now after four years, they are making such a shocking statement", said Sarwan whose 31-year-old brother Nishan was among those killed.

"Our government did not want to declare them "Missing and Believed to be Killed", Sushma said.

One question kept bouncing back through the day, revolving around a perception that foreign minister Sushma Swaraj had kept the hopes of the families alive. At a loss for words, Tiwari, whose nephew Vidya Bhushan Tiwari was among the 39 dead, said he had been pleading with the Centre since 2014 to bring the "missing" Indians back.

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Swaraj said, "The plane carrying mortal remains will first go to Amritsar, then to Patna and then to Kolkata".

"I only heard what the minister said on television".

At a press conference, Swaraj slammed the Congress for protesting in Lok Sabha while she was speaking on the issue. We received the final confirmation only last night.

Manjeet Kaur, wife of Davinder Singh, who is among the dead, told ANI that the government kept telling them all along that he was alive. "I have shortlisted a few girls for him and anxiously waiting to see him as a bridegroom".

The CPI (M) lashed out at the government for not informing the families of the Mosul victims before informing Parliament.

"This is complete failure of MEA and the government of India", he tweeted.

Opposition parties have criticized the minister, saying she had been giving false hope.

  • Sonia Alvarado