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31 bodies of Indians killed in Iraq arriving at Amritsar today

After days of diplomatic pressure, the mortal remains of 31 of the 39 Indians, who were killed in Iraq, are expected to arrive at Amritsar International airport at 1.30pm today in a special aircraft, government officials said.

The 31 bodies of the 31 slain Indians hail from different places in Himachal Pradesh and Punjab. Out of the 31 bodies, four belong to Himachal Pradesh, while the remaining 27 hail from Punjab.

Minister of State for External Affairs V K Singh flew to Iraq yesterday to bring back the mortal remains of the Indians.

Punjab Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu is likely to receive the bodies on behalf of the state government. The Punjab administration kept ambulances ready for transporting the coffins to their respective places in the state.

In view of the Bharat Bandh call given several Dalit organizations to protest the alleged dilution of the SC/ST Act, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has appealed to the protesters to let the mortal remains of the Iraq victims be ferried to their native villages without any hindrance.

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