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'They were shot in head', reveal death certificates of 38 Indians killed by IS terrorists in Iraq's Mosul

India TV has accessed the death certificates of these Indians in which it is clearly mentioned that the terrorists brutally killed them by shooting in their head.

Edited by: India TV News Desk, New Delhi [ Updated: April 03, 2018 23:25 IST ]
Family members of Samar Tikadar, one of the Indians
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Family members of Samar Tikadar, one of the Indians abducted by the Islamic State group in 2014, mourn after his mortal remains arrived at his home in Nadia district on Tuesday. 

All 38 Indians, whose mortal remains were brought to India, were shot in head by ISIS terrorists in war-torn Iraq, according to their death certificates.

India TV has accessed the death certificates that clearly mention that the terrorists brutally killed them by shooting in their head. 

The death certificates cite “Bullet injury in head” as the reason for death of these Indians. 

India Tv - Death certificate of one of the Indians killed in Mosul

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Death certificate of one of the Indians killed in Mosul

The certificates, issued on March 28 by Dr. Zaid Ali Abbas of Forensic Department of Ministry of Health, Bagdad, are based on the analysis of  post-mortem report of these Indians.

The bodies of 38 Indians were brought to India from Iraq by Gen (Retd) VK Singh, the Minister of State for External Affairs, on Monday.

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Minister of State for External Affairs V K Singh, who brought back the bodies from Baghdad, told reporters in Amritsar that Indian embassy did not have any record of the 40 Indians captured by the terror group ISIS in Iraq in 2014 as they had gone there through illegal travel agents. 

The minister said that had the government had any information about these people being in danger, it would have rescued them as it had done in case of over 45 nurses in 2014. 

Thirty-nine of the 40 Indian labourers were killed by the terror group, while one of them managed to escape posing as a Muslim from Bangladesh. 

Out of the 39 killed, 27 hailed from Punjab, four from Himachal Pradesh, six from Bihar and two from West Bengal. 

The special aircraft carrying the mortal remains of 38 Indians in caskets landed at the Amritsar international airport around 2:30 pm. The presumed remains of one of those killed were yet to be positively identified. 

As the aircraft carrying the coffins landed in Amritsar on Monday, an air of gloom descended as distraught families looked at the caskets. 

The remains of the 31 men belonging to Punjab and Himachal Pradesh were received by their relatives at the Sri Guru Ram Das Jee International Airport in Amritsar. 

The special flight proceeded to Kolkata, where the mortal remains of two men hailing from Nadia district were handed over to their families. The aircraft then left for Patna for handing over the bodies of six men hailing from Bihar to their families. 

Authorities helped the families to take the bodies to their native places. 

Talking to reporters in Amritsar, Singh, who had gone to Iraq yesterday to bring back the bodies, said it was not possible to ascertain when they were killed. 

To a question on jobs as demanded by the family members of the victims, the minister said the union external affairs minister had already told the family members to provide detailed information about persons who are eligible for jobs. 

Singh also explained about how they located the mound from where the mortal remains were taken out in Iraq. 

“...we were not allowed to go to Mosul through Erbil as war was going on. After talking to company owner (in whose factory these 40 men were working) and others, we got information that a lot of people were buried near a place in Badush. 

“We found a mound which was not natural. We sought a ground penetration radar and then we found some human skeletons (in the mound). Thereafter digging exercise was started to bring out the mortal remains. We got a kara (iron bracelet worn by Sikhs) and long hair and then we thought they may belong to be our people. Thereafter, DNA sample exercise commenced. The 38 samples matched while 70 per cent of one sample matched,” he said, adding that he had gone to Iraq four times in search of the Indian men. 

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