Harjit Masih, the lone survivor of Mosul kidnapping that took place in 2014 said External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj recently confirmed the death of 39 Indians what he has been continuously telling the government for last three years.
Last year, Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj had brushed aside all the speculations about the death of the abductees, arguing that she would not declare they were dead unless there was concrete evidence to prove it. Swaraj said she has previously maintained that the abducted Indians would not be declared dead without substantive proof.
She also said that General (retd.) VK Singh will now be flying to Iraq to bring back the bodies on a special flight.
India today voiced its support to Iraq in its fight against terrorism after New Delhi said that 38 Indians, abducted by the ISIS terror group from the war-torn countrys second largest city Mosul, have been killed.
According to her, the caterer had said he had dropped the Bangladeshi men and Masih in his van to the Erbil border in northern Iraq from where Masih spoke to her.
She told the Upper House of Parliament that Indian efforts to search for the missing led to a mound near Badush village in Mosul where a local resident said some bodies had been buried by the Islamic State under a mound. After digging out the mortal remains of dead Indians, DNA test was conducted in Baghdad confirming that they were indeed the missing Indians. They found in a mass grave. The man named, Harjit Masih, managed to run from the site, and after his return claimed that all the 39 Indians were killed by the ISIS in the Islamic country.
" In October a year ago, relatives of the eight Punjabi-origin people had visited the Government Medical College in Amritsar to provide DNA samples for matching with the Indians stuck in the war-torn country, if required". Four state governments - Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, West Bengal and Bihar - were involved, she said. The Union Minister said that the bodies of the deceased were exhumed and DNA samples sent for forensic test. The DNA of the 39th person matched 70%, Sushma said.
"We recovered ID cards, long hair, kada and some non-Iraqi footwear", Swaraj said.
Following Swaraj's statement, he said, "I have been saying from day one that they were killed". These bodies were sent to Baghdad for DNA testing. She told that the information about the captured Indians being taken to Badush city came from the company where they used to work.