New Delhi, March 20: As External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj confirmed that 39 Indians that went missing in Iraq in 2014 are dead, mourning family members said that the government gave them false hopes.Also Read - Kabul Airport Blasts: Pak's ISIS Face Mawalawi Farooqi May be Behind Attacks | All You Need to Know
“For past four years External Affairs Minister was telling me that they were alive, don’t know what to believe anymore. I am waiting to speak with her, no information was given to us,” said Gurpinder Kaur, sister of Manjinder Singh who was among 39 Indians killed in Iraq. Also Read - IPL 2021: Controversial Bangladeshi Author Taslima Nasreen Faces Backlash For Her 'ISIS' Comment on CSK's Moeen Ali Following Jersey Row
Expressing grief, brother of a deceased stated,”We had got information that that my brother was abducted by terrorists, after that nothing was know about his whereabouts. My DNA test was done twice, but we received no information.” Also Read - Sushma Swaraj's Statue to be Installed in Vidisha: MP CM on Former EAM's Birth Anniversary
Talking to ANI, a grieving wife said,”My husband went to Iraq in 2011 and I spoke to him last on 15 June’14. We were always told us that they were alive. We don’t demand anything from the government.”
Earlier in the day, while speaking in Rajya Sabha, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had informed that All 39 Indians who were kidnapped by ISIS in Iraq’s Mosul are dead. “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 stated in Rajya Sabha.
Opposition parties also hit out at Narendra Modi-led government for giving false hope to the families.
“This is saddening for every Indian, rest I would ask why this information was delayed by the government, they should tell how it happened (and) when they died. Also, the way government gave high hopes to the families was not right,” senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor said.