Bodies of 38 Indians killed in Iraq arrive in India

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The special flight from Iraq touched down at the global airport in Amritsar city, in northern India's Punjab state, at about 2:30 p.m.

"We are grateful to the Forensics Department of Ministry of Health of Iraq for their hard work in completing the process of matching the DNAs retrieved from the human remains with the blood samples of the relatives of the deceased Indians brought from India", said a release posted on the MEA website.

Families of victims, however claimed that they have got no help or there was no announcement to this effect from Central government even though External Affairs minister Sushma Swaraj while confirming death of Indians in Iraq in parliament had assured the same.

Speaking about why it took the government so long to bring back the remains, Singh said they had to tread carefully as the war was still on when they first reached Iraq.

Of the 39 who died, 27 were from Punjab, four from Himachal Pradesh, two from West Bengal and six from Bihar.

The mortal remains were kept at the mortuary in Dr Rajinder Prasad Government Medical College, Tanda, Kangra and government hospital Nurpur before handing over to the families on Tuesday morning.

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The minister was also criticised for his reported "insensitive" remark comparing the demand for compensation to the families of 39 Indians killed in Iraq to demanding "biscuits", and said it was "heartless, shameful and reprehensible". "The Government of India is running away from its duty and responsibility towards its citizens", they said.

Initially, 40 workers were kidnapped, but one escaped and the presumed remains of another have yet to be positively identified.

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Asked how they were killed, Singh, a former army chief, said that some of the persons were killed by bullets. Around 10,000 Indians lived and worked in Iraq at the time.

The group once had control of about a third of Iraq, but was driven out during a three-year campaign by Iraqi forces backed by a US-led coalition. Punjab Cabinet minister Navjot Singh Sidhu was also present at the airport.

The remaining 39 Indians were taken to Badoosh and killed, she had said.

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