Sankat Mochan op: VK Singh leaves for Juba to evacuate Indians

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V-K-SinghTwo C-17 Globemaster aircraft left for South Sudan’s capital of Juba on July 14 to evacuate 600 Indians living in the war-torn country.

Minister of state for external affairs VK Singh is leading the operation, which has been code-named Sankat Mochan.

“We are launching OP #SankatMochan to evacuate Indians from South Sudan. My colleague @Gen_VKSingh is leading this operation. Indian Ambassador Srikumar Menon is organising this operation on the ground,” tweeted Union external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj.

Thanking Union defence minister Manohar Parrikar, she also wished the Indian Air Force for giving two C-17 Globemaster aircraft for the operation.

All possible efforts will be made to evacuate the Indian nationals safely,” said Gen VK Singh before his departure.

It may be noted that India has been observing the developments in South Sudan, which was recently shaken by heavy violence between former rebels and government soldiers.

Only Indian nationals with valid travel documents will be allowed to board the aircraft. Women and children will be accommodated in the aircraft on priority. In a statement, the Indian embassy said that two Indian aircraft were likely to land at 11 am local time.

There are 600 Indians in South Sudan and out of them 450 are in Juba and 150 outside the capital. So far nearly 300 Indians have registered with the Indian embassy for evacuation.