Bhubaneswar, Oct 14: Nine students from Odisha, who are pursuing higher studies in various universities in Israel, returned to the country in the first leg of ‘Operation Ajay’ on Friday night. Eight of them have arrived in the state capital on Saturday morning.
“Nine students from Odisha return on the first flight from war-torn Israel. The students were provided accommodation at Odisha Bhawan, New Delhi. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has directed to ensure that people of our state reach their homes safely,” state resident commissioner at New Delhi, Ravi Kant told.
Nine from Odisha returned in the first flight on Friday. During verification of passport and VISA it was found that around 50 Odias are stranded in Israel and efforts are on to bring them back safely in next flights, said the Resident Commissioner.
Sweta Trishna, Bhupesh Meher and Jiten Patnaik narrating their ordeal on arrival at Bhubaneswar airport said they were safe in the bunkers designed to protect against the threat of an air strike and bomb strike.
We were provided registration forms by the Indian Embassy and asked to register for returning to India. We travelled to airport in Tel Aviv in a train at our own risk and boarded the Indian flight, they said.