The source told AFP that the women, all accompanied by small children in the court, had surrendered to Kurdish peshmerga fighters after having fled Tal Afar, one of the last IS bastions to fall to Iraqi security forces previous year. The DNA of one identified as Raju Yadav could not be fully matched.
The EAM had further said that the bodies of the slain Indians were recovered from Badosh, a village northwest of Mosul and their identities had been established through DNA testing. "They won't have to come to the airport", the former Army chief had said.
The union minister of state also explained about how they located the mound from where the mortal remains were taken out in Iraq.
"Should we take it that the government did not acknowledge them as Indians?" "Should the PM and Singh not apologise for this?" he asked. They then separated the Indians and Bangladeshis. The 29 Indians from Punjab belong to Amritsar, Gurdaspur, Hoshiarpur, Kapurthala and Jalandhar.
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To a query, he said that had they got any clue about the Indian men, they could have been saved like nurses were saved in Iraq. We do not want anybody should go illegally overseas. According to the sources, foreign companies now working in Iraq and Syria don't advertise in Indian newspapers after Centre put a ban on travelling to Iraq in 2004. "I spent huge money on the phone calls". There was no record of these 40 persons in any embassy.
Gen Singh also appealed that coffins should not be opened. One member from each of the family would be given a government job in Punjab. "If they were from any other state, they would have been saved like the nurses from Kerala", he said.
Manish Kumar, brother of Harish Kumar, said, the minister should have thought about the pain of the victims' families before making the comments.
The minister of state had said on Saturday that he was awaiting a nod from Baghdad before flying to the country. "Insensitive. "Football" and "Biscuits". inappropriate words when you are mourning the 39 dead #MosulTragedy Iraq", O'brien said on Twitter.