India says 39 Indian hostages held by ISIS in Iraq killed

Marsha Scott
March 21, 2018

Dozens of Indians kidnapped by Islamic State four years ago were set on fire and buried in a mass grave, India's government has revealed. The government should have been little more sympathetic to us.

The Indians went missing a night after Mosul was taken over on 10 June 2014.

Pritpal Sharma of Dhuri in Sangrur, Punjab, who was killed in Iraq. They kept saying they had proof that the Indians were alive. When they were called for DNA samples, the family was not informed whether Santosh, 28, was dead or alive.

As they struggled to come to terms with the bitter truth, some of the family members wondered why the "Centre kept them in the dark" all this while. "When the government could save nurses from Kerala why it completely failed in saving other Indians", he asked.

Senior Congress leader Ambika Soni also hit out at External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj for "playing politics" over the death of the 39 Indian nationals who were abducted and killed by the ISIS.

Kamaljit had left Hoshiarpur in 2013 for better employment opportunities in Iraq. He used to talk to me every Friday.

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"Giving falsehood to people is actually cruel and suggests a certain level of lack transparency on part of the government", Congress MP Shashi Tharoor said. Now I understand why they (opposition) are outraged.

A hapless and dejected Puroshottam Tiwari too seethed at the government's actions.

The story of lone survivor - Harjeet Masih - in the crisis in Iraq when 39 Indians first went missing in 2014 and now declared dead is turning curious and even murkier to an extent. They say the bodies have been recovered from a grave.

On the fateful day, they were made to sit on their knees and the militants then opened fire at them, he said. Manjinder Singh, who was into farming, was pushed into Iraq by fraudulent travel agents, she claimed. "I am waiting for her to contact me but I don't know what to trust", she added. "The government has misled the 39 families who lost their relatives", said Harjit Masih. "They were told they will get them back once the fight is over", Kamaljit's father Prem Singh said. He said they had all been held for a number of days, then taken outside and ordered to kneel. Her sister-in-law Reena, who has been crying since the news broke on television, says their world is shattered.

Anita, resident of village Jaitpur in Hoshiarpur, whose husband Gurdeep Singh (40) is among the victims, is yet to be told about Swaraj's announcement.

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