Amritsar: DNA samples of the kin of eight men, who are among the 39 Indians missing in Iraq, were collected at the Government Medical College here on Saturday.
The DNA samples of 21 family members of the missing men were collected on the directions of External Affairs Ministry, officials said.
The families told reporters they had no idea why their DNA samples were collected and that the officials did not give them any reason either.
The 39 Indians, mostly from Punjab's Amritsar, Gurdaspur, Hoshiarpur, Kapurthala and Jalandhar districts, went missing in Iraq's Mosul when it was overrun by the IS. The central government continues to classify the 39 men as "missing".
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has on several occasions over the past three years assured the families that the government was making all efforts to trace the missing men.