AMRITSAR: A group of 44 Sikhs and Hindus, who had taken shelter at the Gurdwara Karte Parwan near Kabul airport, made it inside the airport and were evacuated by an IAF plane, Indian World Forum president Puneet Singh Chandhok told TOI on Monday.
In their hurriedly-packed minimal belongings, they also carried three saroops of Sri Guru Granth Sahib – the holy book of Sikhs. In a video uploaded on social media, three Sikh men could be seen carrying the saroops, packed in suitcases, on their heads.
Union minister Hardeep Singh Puri took to Twitter to say: “Three Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji are being escorted to the IAF aircraft at Kabul Airport. Forty-six Afghan Hindus and Sikhs along with stranded Indian nationals are blessed to return on the same flight.”
On Sunday, a group of around 24 Afghan Sikhs and Hindus, including two MPs Anarkali Kaur Honaryar and Narender Pal Singh, has arrived in India. Nearly 200 more Afghan Sikhs and Hindus are still stranded in Afghanistan, Chandhok said.
(With inputs from PTI)
3 Guru Granth saroops carried back from Kabul – indiatimes.com