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Indian killed in Iraq went through illegal agents: MoS

06 Апреля 2018

A military cargo plane on Monday brought home the skeletal remains of 38 Indian construction workers who were abducted and killed by Islamic State (IS) militants in Iraq four years ago.

The Minister also claimed that 40 Indians who had gone Iraq to work as construction labourers were sent by an unauthorised agent and the Punjab government should act against the agent.

"They were not killed because they were illegal immigrants, but due to their nationality, that is Indian".

"Although they went to Iraq illegally, information that they were in trouble was provided to the embassy". He said instead of expressing sympathies with those killed in Iraq, the former chief of the India Army was indulging in fault finding and blaming the victims for the tragedy. When asked how they had been killed and if they had been shot, Swaraj had said at a press conference: "Whether they were killed 6 months ago or 2 years ago becomes irrelevant because the search for the bodies could not have commenced until Mosul was liberated".

She said it was the primary duty of the Indian ambassador in the country to immediately inform the government in India after news broke out that the situation had worsened in Iraq. Initially, they refused to leave the place, saying they were not in danger.

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"When tests were conducted (on mortal remains) it was found that some persons were killed by bullets and however, in some cases, it is very hard to say as to how they were killed", said Singh, adding that it was also not possible to ascertain when they were killed. "Should not they have been rescued being Indian nationals in such a situation?" she asked. "They will be provided all possible help as per the rules; they may have demands but if these are beyond the rules, we will put it before the senior officials".

"No one expects such kind of statements from the minister of state", he said accusing the government of making false promises and failing to save its citizens.

"As the majority of the victims are Punjabis and Sikhs, the Centre did not make efforts with dedication".

Addressing reporters in Amritsar, Singh said had the government had any information about these people being in danger, it would have rescued them as it had done in case of over 45 Indian nurses in 2014. "Prime Minister must give Rs 1 crore of compensation and a job to each one of these families", he added.

General Singh further hit out at the Opposition for politicising the issue and said, "Opposition, particularly Congress, played a negative role".

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