Group of Afghan Sikhs to arrive in India with ashes of man killed in Kabul attack

New Delhi: Eleven Afghan Sikhs will arrive in India on Thursday with the ashes of Sawinder Singh, who was killed in an attack on a gurdwara in Kabul, according to people coordinating with the Indian government for their transfer.

The government had on June 19 granted emergency e-visas to 111 Hindus and Sikhs from Afghanistan, hours after a terrorist group attacked the Karte Parwan gurdwara in Afghanistan, killing two people, including Sawinder Singh.

Sawinder Singh ran a "paan" shop in Kabul and lived in the gurdwara. His family lives in Delhi.

The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) has made arrangements for the transfer of the 11 Afghan Sikhs in coordination with the Indian World Forum and the Indian government.

"Eleven Afghan Sikhs will arrive at the Delhi airport with the ashes of Sawinder Singh. Raqbir Singh, who was injured in the attack, is also part of this group," a representative of the Indian World Forum said.

After their arrival, the group will leave for Gurdwara Guru Arjan Dev in Tilak Nagar here.

The SGPC bore the cost of their travel. It will also give financial aid to those seeking rehabilitation in India.

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