Missing Indians found in Iraq mass grave

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After Union External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj confirmed the death of 39 Indians, abducted by the Islamic State in Iraq, the Congress on Tuesday termed the Modi government heartless for misleading the country over their deaths.

Swaraj on Tuesday told Parliament that all 39 Indians, abducted by the ISIS in Iraq almost three years back, were killed and their bodies were recovered.

Iraqi authorities used radar to establish that the mound was a mass grave, she said, and exhumed the bodies.

The National Commission for Women (NCW) chief, Rekha Sharma, on Tuesday bemoaned the alleged inertness displayed by protesting Jawahar Lal Nehru (JNU) students, as a Facebook post by a user accused them of blocking the way to hospitals, while a child profusely bled in his mother's arms. She, however, was stopped from making the statement in Lok Sabha due to constant sloganeering in the House.

The victims, most of whom were from the Indian state of Punjab, were kidnapped in June 2014 when ISIS militants seized control of Mosul.

On Monday, India's Ambassador in Iraq, Pradeep Singh Rajpurohit, informed the government that DNA samples had confirmed a match in 38 out of 39 bodies.

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"Our government did not want to declare them "Missing and Believed to be Killed", Sushma said.

National Conference leader Omar Abdullah said it was "unpardonable" that families of victims had to learn about their heartbreaking loss from television channels instead of the government.

Indian residents Raj Kumar (L) and Kawaljeet (C) pose with a photograph of their son Dharmendra Kumar, who was among the 39 missing workers held hostage, on May 15, 2015. "Till late in the evening, none of the officials from either the centre or the West Bengal government has approached us", Abhishek Hira, cousin of Khokhon Sikdar, said. "I was kept in custody for a year and was promised a job which has not been given yet". "The plane carrying mortal remains will first go to Amritsar, then to Patna and then to Kolkata", the minister added, according to the media reports.

The minister made the announcement in the Rajya Sabha, which meant several families came to know from TV the fate of their relatives.

Kaur also alleged that the Government provided them false information. "Can there be anything more shameful than this?" he tweeted.

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