May take 8-10 days to bring back bodies of 39 Indians from Iraq: V K Singh


New Delhi: It may take up to 10 days to bring back the bodies of all 39 Indians killed in Iraq as there will be legal processes involved, Minister of State for External Affairs V K Singh said on Tuesday.

His comments came soon after External Affairs Minister Sushma

Swaraj told Parliament that the 39 Indians abducted by Islamic State terror outfit in Mosul in Iraq were dead and their bodies have been recovered.

“There will be legal processes. We are waiting for information from there (Iraq). It may take 8-10 days (to bring back the bodies),” Singh told reporters outside Parliament.

Singh, who had visited Iraq several times to find out the details of the Indians abducted in 2014, also took a pot shot at opposition parties for targeting Swaraj on the issue.

“The external affairs minister had said that they (the Indians) will not be declared dead without proof and she kept her words. Opposition takes things in a different way. You have seen it in Lok Sabha,” he said.

Singh said the government tried everything possible to verify the details relating to the Indians.

“Sushmaji had made a statement in Parliament that the day the government gets concrete proof of their death or being alive, the Parliament will be informed,” said Singh.



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