So far 626 people have been brought to India from Afghanistan, including 77 Afghan Sikhs and 228 Indians.
Out of 78 people who came to India from Afghanistan on Tuesday, 16 have been found to be Coronavirus positive. As a precaution, all 78 people have been quarantined. All 16 people are asymptomatic – that is, they are not showing symptoms of the virus. These 16 people also include three Sikhs who brought three copies of Sri Guru Granth Sahib on their heads from Kabul.
Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri received these copies at the Delhi airport and left with one copy on his head. So far 626 people have been brought to India from Afghanistan, including 77 Afghan Sikhs and 228 Indians. These Indians do not include people working in the Embassy of Afghanistan.
The rescue mission got the name ‘Operation Devi Shakti’
The central government had announced that any Afghan citizen who wants to come to India following the deteriorating conditions after the Taliban takeover, can apply for it. The government had also said that priority would be given to Hindus and Sikhs in this process. On Tuesday, the rescue mission was named Operation Devi Shakti. The Taliban captured Kabul on 15 August and the Indian government started a rescue mission on 16 August.
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