March 20, 2018
After External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj confirmed the death of 39 Indians in Iraq, families of those killed said they were ”betrayed” by the government for giving false hope that their loved ones were alive.
Gurpinder Kaur, sister of Manjinder Singh who was among the 39 Indians killed in Iraq’s Mosul, slammed the government for giving her family any hope that Singh was alive and demanded DNA report.
“Why did she keep saying they’re alive and she’ll bring them back? She could’ve said she’ll bring them back only if they’re alive. I want to see DNA reports. We’ll get answers only after meeting her,” Kaur was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.
Kaur also blasted Sushma Swaraj for announcing the news on television instead of her family being privately informed.
“We demand from govt to provide us DNA reports. It’s being politicised. We had been running from pillar to post since 4 yrs and now we’re being told via TV that we lost one of our own,” she said. “Yes, she was supposed to announce this in Parliament first but he was part of our family. All she cared about was her reputation. She used to say they’re like her children, if that’s the case where’s her sorrow?
We should have been contacted as soon as they received the information. Had that been done it would not have been such a huge blow. We feel betrayed from all sides, Kaur further said.