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Hakki-Pikki families anxiously await return of their kin as Govt launches ‘Operation Kaveri’

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New Delhi: As the Centre launches ‘Opration Kaveri’ to evacuate Indians stranded in war-hit Sudan, families of the Hakki-Pikki community in Pakshirajapura in Hunsur, Mysuru are relieved but anxiously awaiting the safe return of their relatives who are stuck in Sudan.

It is said that there are as many as 108 members of Hakki-pikki tribe from Mysuru region stranded in Sudan. Majority of the tribes belong to Pakshirajapura and Shankarapura of Hunsur taluk in Mysuru district and also from Tiger Block hamlet in Chamarajanagar district. They sell traditional medicines to African countries as part of their traditional business trip.

The government on Monday launched ‘Operation Kaveri’ to rescue Indians stranded over there. It is estimated that about 3,000 Indian citizens are stranded in crisis-hit Sudan.

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar tweeted that “Operation Kaveri gets underway to bring back our citizens stranded in Sudan. About 500 Indians hav reached Port Sudan. More on their way. Our ships and aircraft are set to bring them back home. Committed to assist all our brethern in Sudan.” In it first of evacuation process, over 150 people from various nations including India reached Saudi Arabia.

Meanwhile, the government said that Air Force C-130J are on standby in Jeddah while INS Sumedha that has reached Port Sudan will evacuate Indians, awaiting at the port.

-Team Mysoorunews


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