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Special trains, flight bring Tamils back from Delhi
After spending several weeks in Delhi, 558 persons from 23 districts in Tamil Nadu reached Tiruchy by special flight and train on Monday, and were sent to their hometowns by special buses arranged by the district administration.
According to officials, the 558 persons included 292 from Tiruchy who participated the Delhi congregation while the remaining 266 were from various districts who were stranded in Delhi. Those who took part in the congregation were to Arabic College in Kajamalai where they would be in quarantine for 14 days.
The 266 persons from 23 districts, including 64 from Tiruchy, were screened at the entrance of the railway station before being sent to their respective districts on special buses. Officials said these passengers would be further screened by their respective districts once they reach there.
Meanwhile, 289 persons reached Tambaram on a special train from Delhi to Tirunelveli around midnight, and were taken to two private colleges in Siruseri and Melakotaiyur for quarantine. Among them, 217 had participated in the Delhi congregation.
Though a few people had come to the station to welcome those who arrived on the train, the RPF personnel did not allow anyone inside.
Chengalpattu district officials, who were waiting at the station with 26 special buses, took the returnees to the quarantine camps.
From Madurai Junction railway station, 1,552 stranded migrants and family members left to Uttar Pradesh on a special train.
178 deported from UAE reach Chennai
A special flight with 178 deported Indians landed at the city airport from Dubai early on Monday. They were taken to the quarantine camp in the Tambaram IAF campus. Sources said most of them were detained for not having travel documents. After completing Immigration and Customs procedures, and COVID-19 swab test, all of them were taken on seven IAF vehicles.
Many were cheated by fake agencies that sent them abroad on the promise of arranging jobs. After India requested them to be send back, the UAE government agreed to send 400 Indians on their airlines. The next flight with 200 on board is expected to arrive on Tuesday. Meanwhile, 110 Malaysian nationals who were stranded here after the lockdown returned by a special flight from Tiruchy on Monday. Sources said special flights were arranged by Malaysian government through Malaysian consulate in Chennai. “I am much worried about the quarantine in Malaysia, as I struggled a lot with my toddler. But I am still happy to fly to return to my country,” said A Muthu, mother of a one-year-old child.