21 more TN students return from Ukraine


Chennai: With one more flight bringing home 250 Indians from war-hit Ukraine, there were 21 students from Tamilnadu among them.

They reached Delhi at 1.30 am today. Till now, 43 students have returned home, sources said.

The 21 students belong to Chennai, Coimbatore, Tirupur, Tirunelveli, Thoothukudi, Kanyakumari, Cuddalore and Tirupattur districts.

While thanking the government for its measures to rescue Indians from Ukraine, they said more students are suffering there and requested speedy steps to evacuate them.

Earlier, five students who were stranded in war-torn Ukraine which was bombarded by the Russian military, arrived here under Operation Ganga launched by the Centre to evacuate the Indians from that country.

The medicos, Zahir Abubacker and Hariharasudan (both Chennai), Santanu Boopalan (from Salem), Vaishnavi (Theni) and Selvapirya (Aranthangi), who arrived to an emotional reception at the airport, were received by Gingee K S Masthan, Minister of Minorities Welfare, Non-Resident Tamils Welfare, Refugees and Evacuees and Wakf Board and other officials with flower bouquets.

It was an emotional moment as the parents of the medicos were moved to tears on seeing their wards. They also thanked the Central and the State governments for taking steps to ensure the safe return of the students.

Earlier, the five medicos were repatriated to India by an Air India flight arranged by the Union government and they reached Delhi.

After they landed in Chennai, the students were sent to their native places by the State government officials.