External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Monday assured the families of 39 Indians killed in Iraq that the bodies would be brought to India by next week, a relative of one of the deceased said.
"We were assured all kind of assistance, including the possibility of a government job to the next of kin," Davinder Singh, younger brother of Gobinder Singh, who was among those killed in Iraq, said after the families of those killed met Sushma in New Delhi.
The minister "assured us of all possible steps" to bring back the mortal remains of the 39 killed as soon as possible, he said.
"We were assured that the remains will be brought back by next week," Kumar said. The meeting with Sushma lasted for 45 minutes, he said.
The families sought financial help and also government jobs for the next of kin, Kumar said.
"The minister told us that she would meet the chief ministers of the four states from where the Indians belonged to take a decision on possibility of providing a government job to the next of kin," he said.
Sushma had told Parliament last week that all the 39 Indians, abducted by the IS in Iraq in 2014, had been killed and their bodies recovered.
As many as 40 Indians were abducted by the IS from Mosul in Iraq but one of them escaped posing as a Muslim from Bangladesh, Sushma had said in the Rajya Sabha.
The remaining 39 Indians were taken to Badoosh and killed, she had said. —PTI