Bodies of 39 Indians killed in Iraq to reach India today

Bodies of 39 Indians killed in Iraq to reach India today

According to media reports, Singh will visit Iraq in a special IAF aircraft, which will directly land at Amritsar in Punjab on April 2 with the mortal remains, which were exhumed from a mass grave in Badosh. Then, we will go to Kolkata to handover the two bodies there. Before leaving the country Singh said, "I am going to Mosul to get mortal remains of 38 Indians, we won't get one man's remains as his case is pending". The former Army chief said that the families of the deceased have been informed about how the mortal remains would be handed over to them.

Sources said the minister is expected to bring back the bodies by late Monday or Tuesday.

Indian ambassador Pradeep Singh Rajpurohit said the bodies had been taken to Baghdad International Airport and would be flown back on a military flight, arriving in India on Monday.

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




MoS VK Singh said that he is to oversee bringing back the mortal remains of 39 slain Indians.

The director of the Amritsar worldwide 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.

"After visiting Baghdad to retrieve the bodies, we will then fly to Amritsar, where we will hand over the bodies of 27 people from Punjab and four bodies from Himachal Pradesh to the families there".

In July previous year, Swaraj had firmly said in the Parliament that she would not declare the 39 Indians dead without concrete proof or evidence.

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