New Delhi/Baghdad: The ISIS terrorists had kidnapped and killed 39 Indian workers reported missing since June 2014 from Mosul in Iraq.
This was announced at a press conference by the Embassy of India in Baghdad on Tuesday. (The DNA report of one of the victims is yet to be verified)
The main Opposition Congress MPs, on Tuesday protested in Lok Sabha and prevented India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj from making a statement and offer condolences on the death of 39 Indian workers.
In a statement India has condemned terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and said that the country stands in solidarity with the Government and the people of Iraq in their fight against terrorism which threatens all societies across the globe. India has been a victim of terrorist violence for long. This incident is yet another reminder of the necessity of concerted action on the part of the international community to fight the scourge of terrorism.
It is indeed a moment of deep grief and sadness for us to learn that the group of Indians workers in Mosul had become victim of the menace of terrorism. We express our heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families in India.
Out of the 39 missing Indians, until now DNAs of a total of 38 human remains have matched with the DNAs obtained from the blood samples of the relatives from the States of Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Bihar and West Bengal handed over by the Indian Embassy to the Iraqi Forensics Department. The Process in the case of remaining one individual is underway.
The Indian Government has attached very high importance to this incident of kidnapping of Indian workers in Mosul in June 2014. The operation of searching the missing Indians was carried out under the direct supervision of india’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.
Our Minister of State for External Affairs General Dr. V. K. Singh had visited Iraq, including to Mosul, three times in the last 9 months for this purpose.
India received tremendous cooperation and support from the Government of Iraq in these efforts.
The Government of India has thanked the Martyrs’ Foundation of Iraq and its President Najiha Al Shemari, Falah Al Fayyadh, the National Security Advisor, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Forensics Department of Iraq for their sincere efforts and hard work in retrieving the human remains of the Indian Nationals by excavating the mass grave and bringing the human remains immediately to Baghdad despite their limited resources.
India has thanked the Iraqui authorities for timely advise to collect the blood samples of the relatives of the missing Indians. Hence, the process of collection of blood samples could have been completed well in time.
India has appreciated deeply Iraq’s security agencies and Iraqi forces in locating the mass grave around Badush village near Mosul.
India has specially thanked the efforts of the Nineveh Centre for Security and Intelligence in Mosul and its Head General Najim Al Jabouri in this endeavour.
India has commended efforts of the Martyrs’ Foundation for and expressed gratefulness to the Forensics Department of Ministry of Health of Iraq for their hard work in completing the process of matching the DNAs retrieved from the human remains with the blood samples of the relatives of the deceased Indians brought from India.