Mortal remains of Indians killed by ISIS arrive in Amritsar

India to receive bodies of 39 workers killed by IS in Iraq

Thirty-nine of the 40 Indians were killed by the terror group, while one of them managed to escape posing as a Muslim from Bangladesh. The DNA of one identified as Raju Yadav could not be fully matched.

Masih had claimed that all the kidnapped Indians were killed. The 29 Indians from Punjab belong to Amritsar, Gurdaspur, Hoshiarpur, Kapurthala and Jalandhar.

A Special Indian Air Force plane will bring the mortal remains back to India.

There were around 10,000 Indians working in Iraq at the time, most of whom fled the country during the upsurge in violence in 2014.

A judicial source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the Central Criminal Court issued the verdicts on Monday as women, all accompanied by small children, attended the hearing. Relatives of the victims have accused authorities of previously keeping them in the dark, with officials insisting the abductees were alive until proven otherwise. "The union government did its best to know about the missing Indians", he said.

Sarwan Singh, the younger brother of Nishan Singh -- who was also killed in Iraq, said the minister's statement was unfortunate.

As bodies of five people killed in Iraq reached Bihar's Siwan in the wee hours of Tuesday, families of two of them refused to accept the bodies, while demanding financial assistance from the state government.

He appealed to the people to refrain from sending their children overseas through unfair means, playing into the hands of unscrupulous elements, as the promises made by travel agents generally don't come to fruition.

"We do not recruit people for Iraq but continue to get job queries from the unemployed men from Punjab". He also made it clear that the Punjab Government in collaboration with the Union Government would take stringent action against the travel agents sending youth overseas by unfair means. Minister, V.K. Singh is now rubbing "salt on the wounds" by rubbishing the demands for compensation for the families as akin to demand for "biscuits".



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