Misinster of State V K Singh will go to Iraq to bring back the bodies of the victims. Masih hails from a village near Punjab's Batala, claimed he was among the 40 abducted Indian and he saw all the 39 being shot dead.
Swaraj said the mass grave had exactly 39 bodies, with distinctive features like long hair, non-Iraqi shoes and IDs.
"If the DNA sample of next of kin is available, it takes couple of days to confirm the identity". "The bodies were brought to Baghdad for DNA testing. The DNAs of 38 Indians have been matched".
Most of the workers were from the northern state of Punjab. The workers were trying to leave Mosul when they were taken, hostage. Sushma Swaraj also dismissed claims of Harjeet Massi, one of them who escaped from Mosul.
"We wanted to give the families closure only after getting concrete proof", she said.
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Ms Swaraj was asked how could she be so certain that anything Harjeet Masih said was a "lie". "Later, Masih said, ".they forced us to sit on our knees, in a row, and opened fire. "I have already lost him", Chand, who hails from Kangra, said.
The Congress and the government got into a war of words after Ms. Swaraj accused the principal Opposition party of doing "politics over the dead" and prevented her from speaking on the issue in the Lok Sabha.
The Congress yesterday demanded that External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj should apologise to families of the 39 Indians, killed in Iraq, for "misleading" them and giving "false hopes", and also demanded that the Narendra Modi government compensate them.
"I had told the House continuously for three years that until I get proof of their death, I will not close any file".
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared "total victory" over ISIL in July last year after almost three years of war backed by the US-led coalition. Later, addressing a press conference, she added, "Harjit Masih is just an individual, he could claim 39 others are dead, but we are the Government, we can't say this so easily".
Her address to the parliament was updated on the social media. He recalled that Swaraj had met them 11 to 12 times and every time assured that the missing Indians were still alive.
"I want to see DNA reports", said Gurpinder Kaur, sister of Manjinder Singh, who was among the 39 Indians killed in Mosul.