The first batch of 156 people, including nine women and three children, evacuated from war-torn South Sudan arrived in India today on board an Air Force plane. All pics/AFP
The C-17 plane from South Sudan's capital city Juba with Minister of State for External Affairs V K Singh escorting the evacuees, including two Nepali citizens, made a brief halt in Thiruvanathapuram where passengers from Kerala and Tamil Nadu disembarked before leaving for Delhi.
There were over 550 Indians in Juba and another 150 in areas where the oil wells are located.
Evacuated Indians from South Sudan are welcomed with garlands of marigolds as they disembark from an aircraft at Air Force station.
The evacuation exercise faced a hurdle when several Indians, after registering with the External Affairs Ministry for leaving South Sudan, refused to return, despite an appeal by Swaraj on Twitter asking them to move out.
Southern Railway and IRCTC provided free train tickets to the Indians who arrived here by a special IAF flight from South Sudan early this morning.
Indians evacuated from South Sudan arrive at Air Force Station Palam, New Delhi on Friday. MoS V K Singh led the government's operation 'Sankat Mochan' for evacuating Indians from the violence-hit African country.
The IAF plane landed at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi this morning.
Indians evacuated from South Sudan arrive at Air Force Station Palam
Kerala Electricity Minister Kadakampally Surendran receiving Minister of State for External Affairs, General V K Singh as he arrives with evacuated Indians from South Sudan, at Thiruvananthapuram airport. Pic/PTI
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The first batch of 156 people, including nine women and three children, evacuated from war-torn South Sudan arrived in India on Friday on board an Air Force plane. This is how they were welcomed