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Eleven Afghan Sikhs will arrive in India on 30 June with the ashes of Sawinder Singh, who was killed in an attack on a Karte Parwan gurdwara in Kabul.

The government had on 19 June had granted e-visas to over 111 Hindus and Sikhs from Afghanistan following a deadly terror attack.

The Islamic State terrorist group who claimed responsibility for the attack on the gurdwara in Afghanistan's capital that killed two people, including Sawinder Singh, called it "an act of support" for the Prophet.

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

A special flight comprising 11 Afghan Sikhs from Kabul to New Delhi was arranged at 11.30 am today which included Raqbir Singh who was injured and the ashes of Sawinder Singh, killed in the attack.

The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) 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.

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

(With inputs from agencies)

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