External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Tuesday told the Rajya Sabha that the 39 missing Indians in Iraq have been killed. The men, mostly from Punjab, were abducted and held hostage by Islamic State militants in 2014. She said 39 bodies were exhumed in Mosul, which matched the DNA of the missing men. The mortal remains have been sent to Baghdad. The House was later adjourned for the day.
The Lok Sabha, meanwhile, witnessed disruptions by members and was adjourned for the day without transacting any business. The three no-confidence motions against the BJP-led government were not moved in the House today. TDP and YSR Congress, which have moved the motions, have been at loggerheads with the Centre over granting special status for the state.
In Mumbai, at least 500 students stalled railways services in Mumbai this morning, demanding permanent jobs in the Railways. Their rail roko, which began at 7 am, was staged between Matunga and Dadar stations on the Central Railway (CR) line. According to officials, trains between Kurla and Dadar stations have been suspended. A few protesters have been reportedly injured after police resorted to lathicharge.