116 Indians evacuated from Kyrgyz; to return soon

All the 116 Indians, stranded in violence-hit Southern Kyrgyz towns of Osh and Jalal-Abad, have been evacuated to capital Bishkek and will return in next two-three days as the death toll in five days of ethnic clashes climbed to 124.

Last Updated: Jun 15, 2010, 17:48 PM IST

New Delhi: All the 116 Indians, stranded in
violence-hit Southern Kyrgyz towns of Osh and Jalal-Abad,
have been evacuated to capital Bishkek and will return in next
two-three days as the death toll in five days of ethnic
clashes climbed to 124.
"All the Indian nationals stranded in the southern
Kyrgyz towns of Osh and Jalal-Abad were safely evacuated last
night by air to Bishkek," a statement by the Ministry of
External Affairs said here today.

They are expected to come back to the country in next
two-three days, official sources told agency.

Flights out of Bishkek are operating normally, the
Ministry said adding the airlift of the Indian citizens was
arranged by the Embassy of India in Bishkek with the active
cooperation and support of the Kyrgyz authorities.
According to Kyrgyz officials, 124 people have died
and 1,685 people injured in the clashes since last week.
However, ethnic Uzbeks alleged many more have been killed and
accused government forces of helping Kyrgyz mobs in their
deadly rampage.

PTI