New Delhi, Apr 2: The Minister of State For External Affairs General (Retd) VK Singh will bring back the mortal remains of 38 Indians killed by the ISIS in Iraq on Monday. The minister will visit Kolkata, Amritsar and Patna to hand over the bodies to the bereaved families. The families have been informed of his arrival.

“After visiting Baghdad to retrieve the bodies, we will then fly to Amritsar, where we will hand over the bodies of 27 people from Punjab and four bodies from Himachal Pradesh to the families there. Then, we will go to Kolkata to handover the two bodies there. And in Patna, we will hand over the remaining bodies,” Singh had said.

General VK Singh on Monday tweeted a video on Twitter in which he was seen carrying a coffin to the C-17 plane. “The burden of certain responsibilities is great,” he tweeted.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj announced in Parliament recently that the 39 Indians kidnapped by the ISIS in 2014 in Mosul had been killed at Badoosh. She said that their bodies were identified using deep penetration radar. The mortal remains were sent for DNA examination, which confirmed that the bodies were of those 38 Indians. The body of one worker from Bihar could not be identified.

40 Indian workers were abducted by ISIS in 2014 when the terrorist group invaded Mosul. One of them escaped the clutches of Islamic State by posing as a Muslim from Bangladesh. The remaining 39 were taken to Badoosh and killed. They were buried in a mass grave.