CHRONICLE OF A DEATH FORETOLD

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June 10, 2014

ISIS fight­ers abduct a group of In­dian and Bangladeshi con­struc­tion work­ers, the In­di­ans num­ber­ing 40, near Mo­sul in Iraq

June 11

Man­jin­der Singh calls his sis­ter Gurpin­der in Am­rit­sar’s Bhoe­wal vil­lage, tells her the ISIS men are tak­ing care of them and show­ing no in­ten­tion of killing them

June 15

Har­jit Masih, one of the ab­ducted men, es­capes and re­turn to Punjab. Says the 39 oth­ers were shot dead be­fore him

July 2014

ISIS re­turns a separate group of In­dian nurses it had ab­ducted in Tikrit in north Iraq

June 16

Gurpin­der ad­dresses a press con­fer­ence in Am­rit­sar. Three days later, on June 19, goes to meet Sushma Swaraj in Delhi

July 10, 2017

MoS ex­ter­nal af­fairs V.K. Singh flies to Iraq and spends four days in the Kur­dish Iraqi city of Er­bil to fol­low avail­able ‘leads’

July 9, 2017

The Iraq gov­ern­ment pro­claims Mo­sul has been lib­er­ated from ISIS

July 16, 2017

Based on V.K. Singh’s in­for­ma­tion, for­eign min­is­ter Sushma Swaraj says the ab­ducted In­di­ans could be lodged in a prison in Badush, a vil­lage in the Nin­eveh prov­ince, north­west of Mo­sul

July 2017

Jour­nal­ist An­chal Vohra, re­port­ing for In­dia To­day TV, shows images of the Badush prison in ru­ins, re­port­edly blown up by re­treat­ing ISIS fight­ers. The Iraqi army had claimed con­trol over Badush and the prison as early as March 2017, some­thing the In­dian gov­ern­ment and Swaraj should have known!

July 26

Swaraj tells Lok Sabha the gov­ern­ment won’t end the search un­til it has proof of their not be­ing alive. Also re­futes Masih’s ver­sion that the miss­ing men were, in fact, dead

July 24

Iraqi for­eign min­is­ter Ibrahim al-Jaa­fari, in New Delhi to dis­cuss his gov­ern­ment’s ef­forts to lo­cate the 39 In­dian work­ers, ad­mits there was “no sub­stan­tial in­for­ma­tion” on their where­abouts

March 2018

Masih, a res­i­dent of Gur­daspur, Punjab, is ar­rested on charges of forgery con­nected to an il­le­gal im­mi­gra­tion racket

March 20, 2018

Swaraj seeks an in­ter­rup­tion of pro­ceed­ings to in­form Par­lia­ment that all the 39 miss­ing In­di­ans are in­deed dead

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