Tuesday, May 19, 2020

85 Kannadigas dropped from Singapore flight to B’luru

As the second phase of the Vande Bharat Mission repatriation flights gets underway on Tuesday, 85 Karnataka residents stranded in Malaysia say they have been axed from the Bengaluru-based flight list to make way for non-natives of the state.

According to Indian expatriates in Malaysia, about 120 Karnataka natives stranded in the Southeast Asian country were asked to register for the second phase of the repatriation mission on April 1.

“I registered on April 1, and was told that my seat on Air India 1325 back to Bengaluru would be confirmed for May 19,” said Deepa Ranganath (name changed), 25, a web developer from Indiranagar, who found herself stranded in Kuala Lumpur after quitting her job on April 2.

The hope dashed on Sunday when the High Commission of India in Kuala Lumpur (HCIKL) released a list of 130 passengers for the flight, due to take off on Tuesday. Her name was not on the list.

According to flight manifests from the HCIKL, of the 130 passengers on the list, 70 are not Karnataka residents. Instead, upon arrival in Bengaluru, they will be flown on to Ahmedabad, Gujarat.
18/05/20 IBC World News
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