Two ‘C-17 Globemaster’ aircrafts are on their way back from war-torn Juba in South Sudan. One flight has 143 Indians including 10 women and three infants.
Minister of State General VK Singh, who is coordinating the rescue efforts from Juba met with South Sudan foreign minister Deng Alor Kuol. Indian Blue Berets posted in South Sudan as part of UNMISS are also lending a helping hand in the evacuation effort, a news channel reported.
India has launched ‘Operation Sankat Mochan’ to evacuate 600 Indians from war-torn South Sudan.
Earlier, External Affair Minister Sushma Swaraj had tweeted “We are launching OP #SankatMochan to evacuate Indian nationals from South Sudan. My colleague @Gen_VKSingh is leading this operation”
For those wondering why this news is being posted here, Bollywood superstar Akshay Kumar, who was recently seen in ‘Airlift’, had taken special interest in ensuring that Indians in the war-torn country return home safely.
On July 12, Akshay sent a tweet to External Affairs minister Sushma Swaraj “[email protected] Ma’am request for speedy measures and actions to evacuate Indians stranded in Sudan. Prayers with them. #SaveIndiansInJuba”
Replying to Akshay’s tweet Swaraj said “Akshay Kumar ji – Please do not worry. We are evacuating Indian nationals from Juba (South Sudan)”
Thanking her, Akshay said “Thank you Ma’am appreciate the promptness. Hoping to hear about the successful evacuation operation soon”
Request all Indian nationals in Juba to register with the Embassy of India. Please spread the word. pic.twitter.com/nRhPMqspmq
— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) July 13, 2016