Bokaro man stuck in Af, family seeks help | Ranchi News


Bokaro: Bablu Kumar of Bokaro was only a few hours from safety, holding an Air India ticket out of war-torn Afghanistan. Only he could not reach the airport on time. Later the flight was cancelled too.
Bablu is among several other Indians who are currently stranded in Afghanistan following its takeover by the Taliban early this week on Sunday.
A resident of Gandhinagar area, 37-year-old Bablu Kumar’s family back home is concerned over his safety and has appealed to chief minister Hemant Soren and Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his safe return.
Talking to TOI over a Whatsapp call on Thursday, he said, “I had booked the ticket in advance for August 16 for India but I am stranded now.”
Recalling the scenes of chaos in Kabul and on roads leading to the airport that day, he said, “I could hear sounds of gunfire all around and such was the situation that I got frightened and rushed back to my flat where I lived. Later on, the Air India flight to India too got cancelled.”
Kumar works as an operator in a battery-manufacturing company in Kabul. In October 2018, he went there for work. But he used to visit home twice or thrice a year to meet his family which includes three brothers, his wife Lakho Devi, and his two sons, aged 10 and 7. “I am in touch with my family back in Bokaro regularly,” he said.
“I work for a company called Afghan Rana,” he informed. The owner of his company has kept them in a guest house which is about 10 minutes away from Kabul Airport. “All of them were asked to stay inside the house because Taliban fighters are moving outside. Arrangements have been made for food items in the house by the company’s owner. We have no idea what to do now. What can we do to return to our country? It is terrifying to stay here,” said Kumar.
Kumar is currently on a 180-day Visa. Following a visit to his family on April 25, he went to Afghanistan on June 2. As the situation worsened rapidly, his company told him that it’s better he returns to his country. So he booked a flight ticket for August 16 but could not catch the flight.
Members of his family have requested the Prime Minister and the chief minister through Twitter to ensure his safe return. Lal Babu, his elder brother, said, “We are a joint family. Bablu has gone to Kabul to earn money and lift our family out of poverty. He is stranded there now. We are concerned about his safety. The government must act soon.”


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