After four long years of the hope of the Indian families of the construction workers who were kidnapped by the Islamic State from Iraq's city of Mosul to which the External Affairs Minister, Sushma Swaraj promised that they were alive and will be brought by them. However, on Tuesday it was told by the Parliament that all the workers were dead and hence the revelation set off a row with the Opposition, which accused the Narendra Modi government at the Centre of being insensitive in informing the victim's kin first. The revelation came as shock for the family members and their hopes were shattered as on July 22, 2017, in Lok Sabha they claimed that as per their reports all the workers were safe. The government's treatment of the matter was criticised by the families of the deceased, as well as by the Opposition parties. The Congress described the Modi government as "heartless" for giving false hopes to the country over the deaths of the 39 Indians in Iraq and demanded that Swaraj should apologise to the families of the deceased. The grieving families, for their part, have one question to ask the Modi government: Why did you keep us in the dark for so long?