It’s not that media does not ask questions. Some do it only of the Opposition.
They spent the day waiting at the Amritsar airport, after the district administration told them on Tuesday evening that the remains would arrive by morning.
In its handling of the death of 39 Indian citizens in Iraq, the government left much to be desired.
“We stand with the people of India in condemning these murders,” the State Department spokesperson said.
Sukhwinder Singh was a construction worker in Iraq when ISIS started its campaign in 2014. Singh, who studied up to Class IV, said that he went to Iraq in May 2014 through an agent.
For 4 years, 39 families were assured by govt that their sons, husbands and fathers abducted in Iraq were safe. Now, they describe how their hopes were dashed
Capping a series of conflicting statements from the government on the fate of these men, Swaraj said the identities of 38 of those dead have been confirmed while one case was still “under process”.
Of the missing men, 27 were from Punjab, four from Himachal, and eight from Bihar and West Bengal. They are believed to have been abducted by the Islamic State on June 15, 2014, and were not heard of since then.
The news of their kidnapping by Islamic State hit the Narendra Modi government barely weeks into its triumphant entry in the last week of May 2014.
As Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj Tuesday confirmed 39 Indians missing in Iraq since 2014 had been killed by IS, she reiterated that Masih had lied and called his version a “cock and bull story”
The Congress demanded that Swaraj should meet each family and publicly apologise to them, while AAP leader and Kharar MLA Kanwar Sandhu called for her resignation
The 39 Indians abducted in Iraq in 2014 were killed by Islamic State terrorists and buried in a mass grave, the government told Parliament today, setting off a row with the opposition, which accused it of being insensitive for not informing the victims’ families first.
Indians killed in Iraq: As many as 40 Indians were originally abducted by terrorist organisation IS in June 2015 from Mosul in Iraq but one of them escaped by posing as a Muslim from Bangladesh.
The family came to know about Gobinder Singh’s death from news channels. “We have not received yet received any call from the Union ministry about the confirmation of the death of 39 Indians,” said Davinder Singh.
While maintaining that she did not keep anyone in the dark about the deaths, Sushma Swaraj said, “It would have been a sin had we handed over anybody’s body claiming it to be those of our people, just for the sake of closing files.”