Indian killed in Iraq went through illegal agents: MoS

Casey Dawson
April 5, 2018

Of the 40, one escaped and eventually returned to India, but the 39 others were executed by their captors, officials said.

Indian airport workers remove the coffins of Indian citizens who were killed by their Islamic State (IS) kidnappers in Iraq from a special aircraft after it landed in Amritsar, April 2, 2018. The presumed remains of one of those killed were yet to be positively identified. "Besides, they should go safely and with proper training", he said. There was no record of these 40 persons in an embassy.

"They were not killed because they were illegal immigrants, but due to their nationality, that is Indian".

"No one expects such kind of statements from the minister of state", he said accusing the government of making false promises and failing to save its citizens. "We will bring back his body as soon as testing is completed", he told ANI after returning to Delhi from Bihar, where he handed over the bodies of five people to their families.

The opposition has attacked the government and Sushma Swaraj and accused them of misleading the nation on the state of the Indians. States and the Centre should work collectively in this direction.

"I want all the Indians go overseas legally. We want people to go legally so that we have their record", Singh said, adding that had gone to Iraq four times in search of the Indian men. The ministry had asked the families for the details of their members who can be given jobs, etc.

Besides, a member of each family will be given job as per qualification, he said.

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Sidhu said the cabinet will hold discussion on the illegal travel agents issue.

Gen Singh also appealed that coffins should not be opened.

The families advised not to open the coffins and to cremate the bodies within the coffin as the mortal remains had been exhumed from the graves and might emit toxic gases which could be unsafe.

The 27 mortal remains of the Indians' will be taken to their villages. ISIS may have viewed the workers as polytheists deserving of death due to their Hindu or Sikh faith.

The mortal remains of the four Himachali killed by ISIS in Mosul, Iraq victims reached their native place and were cremated on Tuesday.

The group once had control of about a third of Iraq, but was driven out during a three-year campaign by Iraqi forces backed by a US-led coalition. Dr Zaid Ali Abbas, head of the department, said over the phone from Baghdad that "most of the bodies had gunshot wounds on the head".

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