VK Singh told India Today, "I have the mortal remains of 38 Indians with me". The former Army chief said that the families of the deceased have been informed about how the mortal remains would be handed over to them.
It is now known that MoS Singh will return to Amritsar and then to Kolkata and Patna.
Minister of State for External Affairs Vijay Kumar Singh, who has flown to Iraq, saluted the remains at the airport as workers loaded the caskets on the aircraft.
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"As soon as we get a nod from Baghdad ambassador, we will leave with a C-17 plane to bring back the mortal remains with due honours".
The news of the death of these men was broken External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in Parliament.
Deep penetration radars were used to establish that the mound indeed was a mass grave, she had said, adding the Indian authorities requested their Iraqi counterpart to exhume the bodies. "We will handover the mortal remains to their families".
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Sangha also added that according to the information they have received, the bodies are expected to reach the global airport in Amritsar at around 1:30 pm Tuesday.
Of the 39 people killed, 27 were from Punjab, four from Himachal, two from West Bengal and the remaining from Bihar as DD news reported.
Though 39 Indians were killed as the Islamic State took over the city of Mosul in 2014, the identification of one body is still pending.
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In July a year ago, Swaraj had firmly said in the Parliament that she would not declare the 39 Indians dead without concrete proof or evidence.