The evacuation of Indians from the African country was part of the "Operation Sankat Mochan" initiated by the Indian government and was led by Minister of State for External Affairs V.K. Singh.
The operation, christened "Operation Sankat Mochan", saw two C-17 Globemaster aircrafts reach the capital, Juba, on Thursday. There were 30-40 people who had already booked their tickets when the commercial flights started and 300 people did not want to be Indians evacuated due to their business concerns and other activities. Most of the passengers in the plane were South Indians. This was the reason for making the first landing in Thiruvananthpuram.
The foreign ministry earlier announced that more than 140 Indians had been airlifted from South Sudan, the world's youngest nation where more than 150 people were killed in the last week amid fighting between rival political factions.
"Indians in South Sudan - Pls move out".
Union Minister of State for External Affairs VK Singh had accompanied the evacuees from Juba, the capital of South Sudan.
Prime Minister spoke to External Afairs Minister Smt.
Women and children will be accommodated on priority, it added.
Anil Kumar, one of those who returned here, told reporters that firing had intensified in South Sudan early this week. South Sudan is witnessing heavy fighting between former rebels and government soldiers in several parts of the city. The friction between the President, Salva Kiir, who is from the largest ethnic group of Dinka, and his one-time deputy Riek Machar, from the second-largest group, the Nuer, is unlikely to dissipate anytime soon.