Saturday, August 28, 2021

UP man recalls tense moments before evacuation from Kabul airport

Returning from Afghanistan, a man from the Bansdih area in Ballia thanked the Centre for his safe return and said the memories of Kabul still haunt him.

Rajesh Pandey, a resident of Chitrauli locality of Janpur Mudiyari Gram Panchayat of Bansdih Kotwali area of the district, returned to India from Afghanistan on August 23 but still has fear writ large on his face.

Talking to reporters, Pandey said he had given up hope of returning home alive after seeing the deteriorating situation in Afghanistan.

"Many times it felt like I would not be able to return home. I am with my family today due to the efforts of the government," said Pandey, who had gone to Kabul on February 22 earlier in the year.

Pandey had gone to Kabul to work in a factory located eight kilometers from the Kabul airport.

"After the capture of Afghanistan by the Taliban, there was a state of anarchy. It took 10 hours to cover a distance of eight kilometers to reach the airport," he said, adding that the whole atmosphere was scary with bombings and firing taking place all around them.

28/08/21 NewsBytes

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