357 members of Afghanistan minority community have arrived in India: MEA  

WION NEW DELHI Sep 24, 2020, 08.59 PM(IST) Written By: Sidhant Sibal

Anurag Srivastava, the MEA spokesperson Photograph:( ANI )

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The March 25 attack on Gurdwara Har Rai Sahib saw the death of 24 Afghan Sikhs and one Indian Sikh.

Facing numerous terror threats, 357 members of the Afghan minority community have arrived in India with help of Indian mission in Kabul.

Ministry of external affairs spokesperson Anurag Shrivastava in response to a question said, "We have been receiving requests from Hindus and Sikhs in Afghanistan to grant permission to settle down in India. And the request has gone up after the attack in the Gurdwara in March 2020."

Explaining, “We see targeted persecution of minority community members by terrorist and their sponsors and this is a matter of serious concern. Now to ensure the safety and well-being, our mission in Kabul has been in contact with them and facilitated smooth arrival from Afghanistan despite COVID related restrictions. So far 357 members of the minority community have arrived from Afghanistan to India in the lockdown and Indian Sikh community here is assisting their stay comfortable in India."

The March 25 attack on Gurdwara Har Rai Sahib saw the death of 24 Afghan Sikhs and one Indian Sikh.

This was one of the worst attack on Afghan Sikh community since the 2018 Jalalabad attack in which 19 people died, mostly Sikh.

Earlier this year the first batch of 11 Afghan Sikhs keen to come to India landed in Delhi in June. This included Delhi based Afghan Sikh Nidan Singh who was abducted but later released.10 of the 11 Afghan Sikhs were the family members of Sikhs killed in Kabul Gurudwara terror attack.

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