Three copies of the Guru Granth Sahib were flown to India from Kabul as Indian nationals and 46 Afghan nationals were evacuated as part of India’s evacuation efforts from Afghanistan. Three Granthis – Dharmendra Singh, Himmat Singh and Kulraj Singh – carried the copies of the Sikh’s sacred scriptures back to India from Kabul.
Dharmendra Singh, 21, who has lived in Afghanistan for most of his life, told NewsMadura when they arrived: “We are Afghans with families in Delhi. The Taliban did come to the Gurudwaras, but they didn’t say anything. against the Hindus and the… Sardars (Sikhs). But we wanted to leave the place because the situation in many areas, especially near the airports, is bad.”
“The Taliban came, they didn’t say anything. But we wanted to leave because the situation there is not good”: Dharmendra Singh, Granthi from #Afghanistan
Shonakshi Chakravarty reports from NewsMadura pic.twitter.com/iJxdYwyic5
— NewsMadura (@ndtv) August 24, 2021
When asked how many more Indians and how many of the Sikh Sanghat are still stranded in Afghanistan, Mr Singh said: “At least 170-180 people are still stranded there, including Hindus and Sikhs. We would like to request the Government of India to please evacuate them too. We will not go back to Afghanistan.”
“When we left the place, we saw a lot of fighting and that’s why we wanted to leave. There was a lot of shooting and that caused fear. That’s why we left and came here,” Kurlaj Singh and Himmat Singh told NewsMadura.
“They didn’t say or do much. They said you are safe. Yet there was a sense of fear among the people,” Kulraj Singh said when asked what the militia were doing when they entered the Gurudwara.
“It was a very difficult decision to put our lives in one suitcase. But we had to do it because the situation is so terrible there right now. We have our ‘whatan‘ (homeland), our homes, our jobs – everything behind. It’s sad, but we had to do it,” Kurlaj Singh said.
Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri, who received copies of the holy scriptures from the Sikh at the Delhi airport on Tuesday morning, had tweeted a video of him wearing one of the copies reverently on his head. Two others were seen carrying the others and chanting “Satnam Shri Waheguru” as they walked barefoot on the aerobridge.
ਬਾਣੀ ਨਿਰੰਕਾਰ ਹੈ ।
ਅਵਰੁ ਨ ਕੋਇ ।।
काबुल से दिल्ली आए श्री गुरु ग्रंथ साहिब जी के तीन पवित्र स्वरूप के भारत आगमन पर उपस्थित होने और उनकी सेवा करने का अखंड सौभाग्य प्राप्त हुआ है।
ਸ੍ਰੀ ਗੁਰੂ ਗ੍ਰੰਥ ਸਾਹਿਬ ???? ???? pic.twitter.com/eKmG8T2FCK
— Hardeep Singh Puri (@HardeepSPuri) August 24, 2021
Puri had shared photos on Monday of three copies in three suitcases being transported at the Kabul airport.
A special air force flight flew evacuees from Kabul to Dushanbe in Tajikistan on Monday. An Air India flight carrying 78 passengers, including 25 Indian nationals, landed in New Delhi from Dushanbe on Tuesday morning.
With Monday’s evacuation, the number of people returned to Delhi from war-torn Afghanistan has risen to about 730 since Aug. 16, when the first group was flown in from Kabul, a day after the Taliban took control of the Afghan capital. taken over.
India has stepped up efforts to evacuate both its citizens and Afghans fleeing their country from Kabul amid the deteriorating security situation in the capital and other parts of the country following the Taliban’s overwhelming takeover last week.
India had said it will “facilitate the repatriation to India of those wishing to leave Afghanistan” and said Hindus and Sikhs from the country will be given priority.