Mortal remains of martyrs who died in Iraq arrive in Kolkata

Bodies of 38 Indians killed in Iraq to arrive Tuesday: Quick facts
Special aircraft carrying mortal remains of 38 Indians killed in Iraq arrive in Amritsar
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04 April, 2018

Sources also said the minister is expected to bring back the bodies by late Monday or Tuesday.

The special flight from Iraq touched down at the global airport in Amritsar city, in northern India's Punjab state, at about 2:30 p.m.

The mortal remains were brought to India in a special aircraft. "Unless we are assured of the compensation that Bihar Government will give us, we will not take his body home". "Should the prime minister and Singh not apologise for this?" he asked.

Making a statement on the issue in Lok Sabha recently, Sushma Swaraj had hailed the role of VK Singh in ascertaining the identity of the Indians who got killed in Iraq. Of the 39 Indians killed, 27 belonged to Punjab.

The Congress on Monday criticised Union minister Gen VK Singh (retd) for his reported "insensitive" remark comparing the demand for compensation to the families of 39 Indians killed in Iraq to demanding "biscuits", and said it was "heartless, shameful and reprehensible".

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The German citizen was accompanied with her two daughters, who later married members of Daesh terrorist group.

The workers were abducted and murdered by the extremists shortly after the group took the northern Iraqi city of Mosul in the summer of 2014 during a lightning offensive through central and northern Iraq.

"I want all the Indians go overseas legally". About 10,000 Indians lived and worked in Iraq at the time. "I don't carry a money full of box in my pocket". There was no record of these 40 persons in any embassy.

According to reports, the families of the deceased workers are advised not to open coffin and quickly perform the last rites after receiving the mortal remains.

"When the remains came to us, they were just skeletons, only bones". The government also announced a job each to one family member of the victims. 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. "If they were from any other state, they would have been saved like the nurses from Kerala", he said.


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