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Second batch of stranded Indians in Sri Lanka repatriated

One hundred fifty six Indian nationals stranded in Sri Lanka were repatriated on a special Air India (AI 1202) flight from Colombo to Kochi and Bengaluru on June 15.

The flight was scheduled as part of phase III of ‘Vande Bharat Mission’ a Government of India initiative to undertake the largest ever repatriation from all over the world for return of Indian nationals stranded abroad due to the COVID 19 pandemic.

High Commissioner of India Gopal Baglay met the Indian nationals at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) and bid them a safe journey. He expressed happiness at their return to their homeland. He thanked the Government and people of Sri Lanka for their cooperation in repatriating stranded Indian nationals from Sri Lanka.

The Indian nationals who were stranded in Sri Lanka due to restrictions on international travel because of the COVID 19 pandemic expressed their happiness at going home. Over 1,000 Indian nationals have been repatriated from Sri Lanka so far including this flight through a special Air India Flight on May 29, Indian Naval Ship Jalashwa, which made a voyage from Colombo to Tuticorin on June 1 and through various charter flights.


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