India bring back 104 people from Kabul in a special charter plane

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said the flight was arranged under India’s Operation Devi Shakti.

The operation to evacuate Indians from Afghanistan was launched after it fell into the hands of the Taliban on 15 August.

Bagchi tweeted, “Under Operation Devi Shakti, a special Kaam Air flight arranged by India has reached New Delhi from Kabul.”

“It brought in 10 Indians and 94 Afghans, including members of the Afghan Hindu-Sikh minority community. Among those evacuated are 9 children, including 3 infants,” he said.

Officials said the flight is likely to bring back over 90 Afghan nationals stranded in India along with some medical supplies.

The flight brought three copies of the Guru Granth Sahib and Hindu religious texts from the ancient Asamaya temple in Kabul.

It is learned that both the Indian government and the Afghan Embassy in Delhi coordinated to arrange the flight.

Puneet Singh Chandok, president of the Indian World Forum, said in a statement earlier, it is a matter of pride that “the three holy Sri Guru Granth Sahib ji from historical gurudwaras in Afghanistan and Hindu religious texts including Ramayana, Mahabharata and Bhagavad Gita,” from the fifth century. Asamaya Mandir in Kabul is being brought to Delhi.

In a tweet, Union minister Hardeep Singh Puri said he was “deeply blessed” to join BJP president J P Nadda, Delhi BJP chief Adesh Gupta and others “in paying obeisance to the two holy Saroops of Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji on their arrival from Kabul with members of the Sikh Sangat & Hindu community.”

“Copies of Shrimad Bhagwat Geeta, Sri Ramcharit Manas & other Hindu holy scriptures & rare manuscripts from Asamaya Mandir in Kabul were also brought back by members of the Sikh Sangat & Hindu devotees on a special flight today,” the minister said.

It is learned that both the Indian government and the Afghan embassy in Delhi coordinated to arrange for the flight.