Indians stranded in Kyrgyz; flight cancelled

The chartered flight to bring Indians back from Kyrgyzstan to New Delhi was cancelled on Saturday.

Updated: Jun 19, 2010, 18:34 PM IST

Zeenews Bureau

Bishkek/New Delhi: In a setback to Indian students caught in the Kyrgyzstan ethnic violence, the chartered flight scheduled to bring them back from the capital city of Bishkek to New Delhi was cancelled on Saturday.

According to Indian embassy staff in Kyrgyzstan, the flight was cancelled because clearance was not given to it by Indian authorities.
The flight is now tentatively scheduled for Monday.

Meanwhile, the students caught in the midst of the chaos have claimed that they were not even issued the tickets despite taking the required money from them.

Earlier it was reported that all 116 Indians, stranded in the violence-hit Southern Kyrgyz towns of Osh and Jalal-Abad, have been evacuated and taken to capital Bishkek.
"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 had said.

Flights out of Bishkek are operating normally, the Ministry had said, adding that 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.