VK Singh on Relief, Jobs for Kin of Indians Killed in Iraq

VK Singh on Relief, Jobs for Kin of Indians Killed in Iraq”

Iraqi authorities discovered the remains in a mass grave a year ago after retaking Mosul, and positively identified the bodies last month.

"When the remains came to us, they were just skeletons, only bones".

A Baghdad court on Monday sentenced six Turkish women to death and a seventh to life in prison for membership of the Islamic State jihadist group, a judicial source said.

The female Turkish citizens had surrendered to Kurdish Peshmerga forces previous year after Iraqi security forces and pro-government fighters from Popular Mobilization Units, better known by the Arabic word Hashd al-Sha'abi, recaptured the northwestern city of Tal Afar, located 63 kilometers west of Mosul, from Daesh Takfiris.

Navjot Singh Sidhu, Punjab Local Bodies Minister, has reached the Amritsar airport along with Union Minister of State for Social Justice & Empowerment Vijay Sampla received the bodies of the Iraq victims. The remains of the 39th worker have not been brought back as DNA tests have not been conclusive. External Affairs Minister for the state also addressed a presser and announced government will ask the families for the details of members who can be given jobs. One member from each of the family would be given a government job in Punjab.

Gurpinder, who galvanised the families of the missing men in the region, said if the minister was making "such an excuse", he should declare that those killed in Iraq were not Indians.

IS operatives had kidnapped 40 Indian workers employed with a construction firm soon after seizing the northern Iraqi city of Mosul in June 2014. We got a kara (iron bracelet worn by Sikhs) and long hair and then we thought they may belong to be our people.

Making a statement on the issue in Lok Sabha recently, Sushma Swaraj had hailed the role of VK Singh in ascertaining the identity of the Indians who got killed in Iraq.

But the group from Mosul went silent.

"Should we take it that the government did not acknowledge them as Indians?" "The 38 samples matched while 70 per cent of one sample matched", he said.

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