I'll be the first person to inform about missing Indians

I'll be the first person to inform about missing Indians

Stating that there is no evidence to show that the 39 Indians abducted in Mosul in Iraq have been killed, Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj said that she would not commit the sin of declaring them dead.

She said she has asked the Iraq government to give them an update with evidence on what happened to the 39 Indians, who were mostly from Punjab. Swaraj had told family members that an Iraqi official quoting intelligence sources had told Minister of State for External Affairs General (Retired) V.K. Singh that the kidnapped Indians were deployed at a hospital construction site and then shifted to a farm before they were put in a jail in Badush.

The minister said persons accusing her were free to declare them dead if they did not trust her.

Less than a month after the 39 Indian workers went missing in 2014, a separate group of Indian nurses was returned to India after being held captive by ISIS in the northern Iraqi city of Tikrit, NDTV reported.

"After listening to the story, I told the Embassy search the whole of Mosul, and around, you will find the 39 bodies somewhere, or blood stains would be there".

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The minister had on July 16, based on information gathered by her deputy VK Singh during his visit to Mosul after its recent liberation from ISIS, stated that the abducted Indians may be lodged in the jail, located in northwest Mosul. "But, if anyone of them comes back (alive), then they should also own up the responsibility (of dealing with such a situation)", she said.

"There were contradictions in Masih's version". According to a report by ANI, the Sushma said, "On November 24, 2014 I had said that 6 sources have said that the 39 Indians have not been killed". "So we started to search for Indians", she said.

Addressing the Upper House, the Foreign Minister reiterated her stand that she will not declare anyone dead without proof.

The external affairs minister said she had never misled Parliament or the families of the abducted Indians. She said she won't rest until she finds out where they were. I want to ask the Opposition - what benefit will I get by misleading? "It is a crime to do this without proper proof", Ms Swaraj said today.

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