Indian hostages killed : DC Varinder Kumar Sharma and Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Jalandhar on Wednesday visited the families of the Indian hostages killed in Iraq. They shared their condolences with them. The Deputy Commissioner and SSP who visited the families of Balwant Rai and Surjit Mainka in village Dhadde and Chuharwali respectively said that Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh had specially deputed them to visit the families for sharing their grief in this hour of crisis.Capt. Amarinder Singh speaks to MEA on bringing back remains of Indian hostages killed in Iraq. Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has spoken to Minister of State for External Affairs V K Singh to follow up on the issue of bringing back the mortal remains of the Indian hostages killed in ISIS captivity in Iraq. The chief minister, who had on Tuesday called up and also written to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on the issue, today told mediapersons at the Vidhan Sabha that V K Singh has informed him that it would take around two weeks to bring back the mortal remains of the deceased, which were exhumed from a mass grave in Badush — a village northwest of Mosul in Iraq.DC and SSP said it was really a painful moment for all those who had lost their family members in this unfortunate and tragic incident. The Deputy Commissioner and SSP said the district administration had already deputed officers from the civil and police administration to bring back the mortal remains of the deceased, which were expected to reach Amritsar in a special plane.The district administration would also send a detailed report to the Punjab government for extending all possible help along with other logistic support to the relatives of the victims. Sub Divisional Magistrate Rajiv Verma, Deputy Superintendent of Police GS Sandhu and Revenue Officer Gurpreet Singh also accompanied the officers according to The Tribune.The state government was making all necessary arrangements to hand over the remains to the families for last rites of the deceased, the chief minister said, adding that he would also pursue with the Centre the issue of grant of compensation to the bereaved families. Amarinder Singh said his government would try to find jobs for the kin of the deceased and would continue to pay the Rs 20,000 compensation which were already being given to the families.
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