Aircraft carrying 38 bodies of Indians killed in Iraq lands in Amritsar

After that, on the basis of DNA reports, the families of the youth were identified leading to the mortal remains being brought to India. The External Affairs Ministry had asked the families for the details of their members who can be given jobs etc.

India's foreign minister told parliament last month that 39 bodies were unearthed from a mass grave in Badush, a village northwest of Mosul.

The mound had exactly 39 bodies, with distinctive features like long hair, Sikh kada (bracelet), non-Iraqi shoes and identity cards. We had again sent his sample for DNA testing, a few days back.

Mortal remains of the 38 Indians, who were killed in Iraq were brought to Amritsar on Monday.

ISIS abducted and killed the workers shortly after seizing the northern city of Mosul in the summer of 2014.

Out of these, 27 belonged to Punjab while four hailed from Himachal Pradesh.

The women told the court they had entered the country to join their husbands fighting for IS in the "caliphate" which the group declared in 2014 in territory straddling Iraq and Syria. Does Singh feel that the 39 families are beggars?

Citing the example of the nurses case he said, "Do you know about Indian nurses case?" They were eventually released after 23 harrowing days and their experience went on to inspire movies like Tiger Zinda Hai. "We were not allowed to go to Mosul through Erbil as war was going on".

In the almost four years since, conflicting stories have floated around about what exactly happened to the construction workers. "Unless we are assured of the compensation that Bihar Government will give us, we will not take his body home".

India Today reported the growing unemployment as a reason why men from Punjab are ready to join U.S. and other companies that still work in Iraq and pay good salaries. They then separated the Indians and Bangladeshis.

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.

  • Rogelio Becker