External Affairs Minister, Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday said there is no concrete evidence that 39 Indians abducted from Mosul in Iraq have been killed and “I will not commit the sin of declaring them dead without any evidence.”
Responding to allegations that she was “misleading the house” on whether the Indians were alive, Swaraj said in the Lok Sabha,”Declaring anyone dead without proof is a sin and I won’t commit a sin.”
“I will inform the House if I get any concrete evidence. Opposition is alleging that I’m misleading the House. It is a sin to declare someone is dead without any evidence. I will not do that sin, Sushma Swaraj stated.
On 24 July, Iraq too said it has no “substantial evidence” on whether the 39 Indians are alive or dead. It did confirm though that the prison at Badush, the Indians’ last known location, has been demolished by terror group ISIS.