Mangaluru, April 4, 2015: Puttur’s Rajesh Gowda who has safely reached his homeland from the crisis-ridden Yemen which is caught in a civil war, arrived at Mangaluru from Kochi where he along with 664 other stranded Indians were brought from Yemen in special Air India flights.
Rajesh who has been working for MAM International Corporation in Sana’a since three years narrated his experiences to the media men who were waiting for him at the railway station.
Rajesh who seemed to be at ease and a relieved lot said in a determined tone that he has no plans to return to Yemen. He had in fact reached Yemen just on March 19 after spending a vacation at hometown.
Recalling his experiences he said the civil war which was underway only during night time till March 29, turned more serious with war like situation prevailing even during day time. He also stated that nearly 150 died and 175 were injured in twin blasts reported from Yemen the day he landed there.
Rajesh also said there was a bomb explosion at a place which was just 500 meters away from his place of stay and that it was next to impossible to step out. “ I was greatly worried and always wondered whether I could return home in such a situation,”he added.
The sand storm in the Gulf ensured that things did not aggravate, he said adding even the damage done to the airport at Sana’a delayed their departure. He thanked the Government and other authorities for the timely help in evacuation of Indians from Yemen. “Even Union Law Minister Sadananda Gowda and DK Deputy Commissioner AB Ibrahim have called me and ensured support,” said a grateful Rajesh.
Rajesh did not forget to say that people of Yemen were helpful and offered food. He said a nurse from Udupi named Prema is still stranded in Yemen.
Chennappa Gowda, father of Rajesh who was at the station to receive his son, was visibly pleased on the safe return of his son and said he was grateful to God.
Radhakrishna, brother-in-law of Rajesh was also present along with Chennappa Gowda.