The Ministry of External Affairs of India is trying to evacuate Indians trapped in Afghanistan. Among those who are being deported are Afghan Hindus and Sikhs.
“We are trying to get Indians out of Kabul,” a senior foreign ministry official told the BBC. Kabul Airport is under the protection of American soldiers and Taliban fighters are stationed outside.
People present there say that thousands of people are trying to enter the airport but are unable to reach inside. India is also trying to take its citizens to the airport.
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A person in the team of Indian nationals present near the airport told the BBC over the phone, “Efforts have been made to bring us to the airport for two days. No Indian officials are present here. We are being brought through contractors.” Another person involved in this team said that “For the last two days, we were kept in the wedding hall near the airport.” There are Afghan Hindus and Sikhs along with the team of Indian citizens. The coordinator of the convoy of these people in ten buses claims that the Taliban took them with them on Saturday morning.
The team’s coordinator and Indian national Zuhaib told the BBC: “Two people from Taliban boarded our buses and took the buses with them. They separated Afghan Hindus and Sikhs from Indian citizens. Some Sikhs and Hindus Went to the gurdwara because of fear.” According to Zuhaib, the Taliban checked the documents of the Indians and then they were sent to a factory near the airport where these people are sitting in containers. According to him, they will be sent to the airport soon. Zuhaib also says that the Taliban questioned the people of the Indian team and the mobile phones of some have also been broken.
Afghan Sikh Anarkali Kaur told the BBC that Indians and Afghan nationals had been sitting in buses near the airport since 10 o’clock. has been.”
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At the same time, India’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Arindam Bagchi has told the BBC that he cannot confirm this development yet. There was also unconfirmed news of the abduction of Indians in the Afghan media.
But a Taliban spokesman denied this in a statement to local media. “The Indians have not been kidnapped, they are being taken to the airport,” Taliban spokesman Amanullah Wasik said in a statement in Kabul.