India has been informed about the release of the body and now authorities are working on bringing it back, they said. Siddiqui was killed in Kandahar on Friday while covering a clash between Afghan security forces and Taliban fighters.
"We have been informed that the body has been handed over by the Taliban to the ICRC. We are actively facilitating the return of the body in coordination with Afghan authorities and the ICRC," a source said.
It further said that the Indian embassy in Kabul is in touch with Afghan authorities to bring back Siddiqui's mortal remains.
Earlier, External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said the government is in touch with the photojournalist's family. Siddiqui was killed during clashes in Spin Boldak district in Kandahar, reports of local news channel in Afghanistan showed.