The Hush Post: In an unprecedented move, three Lok Sabha Members of Parliament (MPs) from Punjab on Tuesday climbed up the roof of the Parliament building to demand compensation for the 39 Indians killed in Mosul city of Iraq.
These Congress Lok Sabha MPs included Santokh Singh Chaudhary (Jalandhar), Ravneet Singh Bittu (Ludhiana) and Sunil Jakhar (Gurdaspur)
Earlier on March 20, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had announced in the Rajya Sabha that the 39 Indians kidnapped in Iraq’s Mosul town in 2014 were dead.
These 39 Indians had been held hostage by the Islamic State of Syria and Iraq (ISIS) in 2014 in Iraqi town Mosul. The External Affairs Minister said all these 39 Indians are presumed dead now. Swaraj stated that the DNA tests done on the bodies exhumed have confirmed the identity of the deceased. The minister said that for the 39th body there was a 70 per cent matching of the DNA
It is the biggest shock for the families of the those kidnapped Indians as now their hopes have been shattered. Earlier the government had been maintaining that the kidnapped Indians were alive.
The External Affairs Minister had herlsef met the families of the kidnapped Indians several times and assured them that the government was continuously making keen efforts to safely bring back the kidnapped Indians. She had said that government would go all out to ensure safety and safe turn of the kidnapped Indians.
The remains of 38 of these Indians were brought back to the country on Monday.