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  • 530 Indians flown back from Libya

    Published on February 28, 2011

    Over 530 Indian nationals have arrived home safely from Tripoli, capital of the strife torn Libya .They reached the Indira Gandhi International airport in New Delhi by two Air India flights this morning.

    Our correspondent reports that the government has made elaborate arrangements at the airport to help the passengers. Apart from the officials of the Ministy of External Affairs, Resident Commissioners of 12 states were also present at the airport to help the passengers.

    Ten state governments have set up help desks at Terminal 2.All the services have been provided for free.Our correspondent reports, three naval warships have also set sail for Malta yesterday. While INS Jalashwa and INS Mysore left from Mumbai, INS Aditya set sail from Karwar.

    A ministry of External Affairs release says, last evening, 88 persons have crossed over by road from Libya to Ras Jedir in Tunisia. They were received by officials of Embassy of India, Tunis, who have set up a camp.

    All 88, who work for Punj Lloyd, have since been housed in ‘Best Hotel’ in Djerba in Tunisia, from where they are likely to be flown back to India soon. Another 170 persons are likely to reach Ras Jedir today.The officials could be contacted at telephone nos. 00 216 9833 3403 and 00 216 2496 2800.

    Ambassador P.S. Randhawa in Tunisia could be contacted at telephone nos.00 XXX-XX-781229, Fax: no.00 XXX-XX-281189 and Email: [email protected] .

    In a related incident, another Indian casualty has been reported in the country. One Ashok Kumar passed away in Tobruk city. He was among the five Indians hurt in a road accident while fleeing the country.

    Meanwhile, twenty people hailing from Tamil Nadu, who were part of a group of Indians airlifted from Libya to Delhi, arrived in Chennai today by a special aircraft.

    While those living in Chennai left for their respective destinations, those hailing from other parts of the state were transported in separate buses.

    They were received by senior government officials at the airport. The Tamil Nadu government has directed district collectors to ensure that evacuees reach their respective towns safely on arrival to India.

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