Government seeks DNA samples of missing Indian’s kin

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Amritsar/New Delhi, Oct 22 (ANI): Indian government on Saturday asked for DNA samples of the family members of 39 missing citizens who were abducted by the Islamic State (IS) about three years ago in Iraq. The 39 men, belonging to belonged to the north Indian state of Punjab, were working for a Baghdad-based company named Tariq Noor Al Huda and were reportedly abducted by the IS in Iraq. The government has been continuously trying to gather information on the whereabouts of the citizens after Iraqi forces liberated Mosul, the Islamic State’s defacto capital in Iraq, earlier this year. Family member of a victim said they received a call from local administration on Saturday requesting them to submit their DNA samples with the concerned authority. Throughout this entire period, India’s Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj had maintained that Iraq never claimed that the missing nationals were dead and she would not commit the sin of declaring anyone dead without concrete evidence. Earlier in June, Swaraj had said the missing Indians could be in a prison in Badush and things would become clear only when the fighting stops completely over there.

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