New Delhi, March 24: Demanding compensation from the government, the family members of 39 Indians who died in Iraq would hold a peaceful protest at Jantar Mantar on Saturday. On March 20, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, in the Rajya Sabha, said all the 39 Indians, who went missing in Mosul in 2014, had been killed by the terror group IS.
Speaking to ANI, Gurpinder Kaur, sister of Manjinder Singh, who was among the 39 Indians killed in Iraq, refused to stage violent protests against the government, instead opting to ‘sit peacefully’. “We won’t do a violent protest, we’ll just sit peacefully. Union government hasn’t contacted us yet. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has not replied to us even after repeated attempts to contact and meet her, ” Kaur alleged.
Manjinder Singh’s brother-in-law, Vijay Kumar asserted,”“We’ve given the government time till tomorrow morning to announce a compensation to secure future of families of deceased. If they are not able to do it then we’ll protest at Jantar Mantar.”
Earlier on March 20, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj while speaking in Rajya Sabha confirmed that all 39 Indians who were kidnapped by ISIS in Iraq’s Mosul have died “Deep penetration radar confirmed that all Indians were dead after all bodies were exhumed. It was too difficult to search our people in Iraq, thanks to VK Singh for his support, and the Iraq for the help.” Swaraj had stated in Rajya Sabha.
Notably, the 39 persons, most of whom hailed from Punjab, were working on projects near Mosul when they were kidnapped during their evacuation.