Naval ship arrives in Kochi with 698 repatriated Indians from Maldives

It is the Navy’s 1st massive evacuation exercise from foreign soil amid the lockdown

navy-samudra-setu-maldives-kochi INS Jalashwa brought home 698 Indians from Maldives

INS Jalashwa carrying 698 repatriated Indian citizens from the Maldives arrived in Kochi harbour on Sunday morning, completing the Indian Navy’s first massive evacuation exercise from foreign soil during the COVID-19 lockdown, official sources said.

The passengers would disembark from the cruise terminal of Cochin Port Trust, they said.

Inspector General of Police Vijay Sakhare said all arrangements are in place to facilitate the safe stay of those repatriated, comprising 440 Keralites and people from other parts of the country.

Four passengers are from Lakshadweep.

Besides these, the other passengers are from Tamil Nadu (187), Telangana (9), Andhra Pradesh (8), Karnataka (8), Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Maharashtra and Rajasthan (3 each) and Goa (1), Assam (1).

There are seven passengers each from Uttarakhand and West Bengal, Delhi (4), Puducherry (3), while there are two passengers each from Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Jharkhand, the sources said.