The External Affairs Minister said allegations were being made that she was "misleading the House" on the issue. 'I will not commit the sin of declaring the missing Indians in Iraq dead without evidence," she said. She said till now "no bodies have been found, no bloodstains, no ISIS list, no ISIS videos.' "Those who believe that the missing Indians are dead and I am lying then they are free to tell their families that they are dead. But if anyone turns up alive, then it will be their responsibility," she added. Ms Swaraj, however, said that there has been no direct contact with the Indian nationals.
Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jafari only said they have no evidence of either the death or being alive, of the Indians, she said and asserted that the Government will continue to search the missing Indians. The group of Indian labourers, mostly from Punjab, were taken hostage by ISIS in Iraq's second largest city Mosul in 2014. (UNI)