Terminally-ill Karnataka bishop, 4 infants among 340 leave for Hyderabad in charted flight

A terminally-ill bishop from Karnataka stuck here amid the COVID-19 lockdown and longing to go back home was among 336 passengers and four infants who left for India in a charted Ethiopian Airlines flight on Sunday.

The passengers also included an eight-member Christian group from Goa visiting South Africa on a religious seminar but having landed in jail and another 15-member group of Hakki Pikki tribe of traditional healing oil makers from Karnataka.

Almost all the passengers were from various southern states with about half of them from Hyderabad alone, said Anju Ranjan, Consul General in Johannesburg, who coordinated and arranged for the stranded Indians to fly back to the Telangana capital via Addis Ababa.

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