The bodies of 39 Indians killed in war-torn Iraq will be brought to India in a week’s time, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj told the families of the deceased , reported PTI.
This was conveyed by the minister during her meeting with families, who were “appreciative” of efforts made by the government, especially by Swaraj and Minister of State for External Affairs VK Singh, official sources said.
“The minister told them that bodies will be brought to India in a week’s time and Singh will go to Iraq to oversee the entire process,” a source said.
Singh is expected to fly out soon in a cargo plane to get bodies, sources said.
Davinder Singh, the younger brother of Gobinder Singh, who was among those killed in Iraq, told PTI over the phone after meeting Swaraj in New Delhi, “We were assured all kind of assistance, including the possibility of a government job to the next of kin.”
On the demand of bringing the mortal remains of the 39 killed to India as soon as possible, the minister “assured us of all possible steps”, he said.
The meeting with Swaraj lasted for about 45 minutes, he said.
The family of the deceased sought financial help as their bread earners are dead and also government jobs for the next of kin, Kumar said.
“The minister told us that she would meet the chief ministers of the four states from where the Indians belonged to take a decision on the possibility of providing a government job to the next of kin,” he said.
Earlier in the day, the family members of those killed in Iraq met Punjab Congress chief and party MP Sunil Kumar Jakhar in New Delhi and he assured them “all possible assistance” to them.