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Taliban manhandle Indian Hindus, Sikhs on ISI’s directions near Kabul airport

IAF C-130J takes off from Kabul with over 85 Indians

Prime News, International, Militants, Kabul, August 21:- The Taliban have reportedly manhandled some Indians in Afghanistan. The incident has been reported from near the Taliban airport.

According to various reports, the Taliban indulged in a scuffle with several Indians, mainly Hindus and Sikhs, following directions from the ISI. Media reports on Saturday (August 21) also claimed 210 Indian nationals are still stuck at the Kabul airport in Afghanistan and are in a terrified state. The Taliban have searched the Indian nationals and have checked for their ID cards.

Meanwhile, an Indian Air Force (IAF) transport aircraft on Saturday departed from the Kabul airport with some eminent Afghan leaders, including public representatives from the Hindu and Sikh communities, as well as 85 Indians on board, sources said. The sources said that the IAF’s C-130J transport plane landed in Tajikistan for refuelling and is likely to arrive at the Hindon Air Force Station in Ghaziabad on Saturday evening, they added.

Fearing that the Taliban militia may prevent the Afghan public representatives from boarding the IAF flight, the entire plan was kept secret till the aircraft took off from Afghanistan, the sources further said.

The IAF aircraft was waiting for the clearance at Kabul airport due to the huge rush as many countries have sent their military planes to evacuate their citizens.

This was the second evacuation made by the Indian authorities to bring back stranded citizens and Afghan nationals who wanted to leave the war-torn country after the fall of Kabul to the insurgents on August 15.

The first air rescue operation was made on August 17, when an IAF C-17 aircraft brought back 120 Indians, including Ambassador Rudrendra Tandon, the last batch of the Indian embassy staff and ITBP personnel. (MR, Inputs: Agencies)

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