Last Updated : Mar 25 2019 4:03PM     Screen Reader Access
News Highlights
SC asks CBI for status report in disproportionate assets case against Mulayam Singh, his sons            Filing of nominations for 91 Lok Sabha seats in first phase ends this evening            IAF inducts first four heavy-lift Chinook helicopters            RBI appoints five-member committee to deepen digital payments            SC seeks EC's reply on increasing size of VVPAT sample survey           

National News

Mar 20, 2018
8:59PM

Govt making arrangements to bring back mortal remains of 39 Indians killed by IS in Iraq

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has said the government is making arrangements to bring back the mortal remains of the 39 Indian workers who were found killed in Mosul in Iraq.

Addressing a press conference in New Delhi this evening, she said the Indian Embassy in Iraq has been directed to make all arrangements to bring the bodies as early as possible.

In reply to a query, the Minister said the bodies of the Indian workers had been identified after matching their DNA.

Giving a detailed account of government's efforts to trace them, Mrs Swaraj said she first informed Parliament as soon as she got the information before informing their family members. She said the government never kept the families of murdered Indians in dark.

The Minister said New Delhi is not aware of the date of their deaths. She said the dead include 27 from Punjab, four from Himachal Pradesh, six from Bihar and two from West Bengal.

On Harjeet Masih, who claimed that he was harassed, the Minister said that his claims are absolutely incorrect and he was kept in protective custody. Masih had claimed to have escaped from the captivity of Islamic state. The Indians were missing in Mosul since 2014.

Earlier, Mrs Swaraj hit out at the Congress for not allowing her to make a statement in the Lok Sabha. She said, Congress party played politics even on the death of Indians which was not expected of it. The Minister accused the Congress Party of playing dirty politics.

Earlier this morning, sharing the information in the Rajya Sabha, Mrs Swaraj said her deputy Gen. V K Singh will go to Iraq to bring back the mortal remains of the Indians killed.                   

Live Twitter Feed

Listen News

Morning News 25 (Mar) Midday News 25 (Mar) News at Nine 24 (Mar) Hourly 25 (Mar) (1500hrs)
समाचार प्रभात 25 (Mar) दोपहर समाचार 25 (Mar) समाचार संध्या 24 (Mar) प्रति घंटा समाचार 25 (Mar) (1305hrs)
Khabarnama (Mor) 25 (Mar) Khabrein(Day) 25 (Mar) Khabrein(Eve) 24 (Mar)
Aaj Savere 25 (Mar) Parikrama 24 (Mar) Lok Ruchi Samachar 24 (Mar)

Listen Programs

Market Mantra 24 (Mar) Samayki 24 (Mar) Sports Scan 24 (Mar) Spotlight/News Analysis 24 (Mar)
    Public Speak

    Country wide 21 (Mar) Surkhiyon Mein 21 (Mar) Charcha Ka Vishai Ha 20 (Mar) Vaad-Samvaad 19 (Mar) Money Talk 19 (Mar) Current Affairs 22 (Mar)