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Harbhajan Kaur with her son, Gurmeet Singh, daughter-in-law Nitish Kaur and grandchildren Alaeya and Sidhak

Harbhajan Kaur with her son, Gurmeet Singh, daughter-in-law Nitish Kaur and grandchildren Alaeya and Sidhak

Harbhajan Kaur with her son, Gurmeet Singh, daughter-in-law Nitish Kaur and grandchildren Alaeya and Sidhak

The first Indian national evacuated from Northern Ireland will be reunited with her husband this week after a harrowing two-month wait because of Covid-19 travel restrictions.

Harbhajan Kaur was visiting her son and daughter-in-law in Belfast when the Indian Government closed its borders - even to its own citizens.

This month the country began the largest repatriation operation in its history.

Mrs Kaur, whose husband was ill and alone back home, was on the first plane from London for Delhi since the Indian lockdown began.

Her flight on May 15 took just 320 passengers - step one in India's effort to bring home thousands of its citizens who've been stranded in the UK since flights were suspended in March.

Nitish Kaur said her mother-in-law was distraught when she learned she would be locked out of her home country and unable to care for her husband. She had also run out of her medicine, which she couldn't buy here.

Nitish said: "She was not eating food, she was crying.

"She said to me, 'I'm so happy here but I want to go to my own home'. She had a fear to lose her husband - she was feeling like, I want to meet my husband.

"No one could help him in India because India is locked down so she was really worried."

Mrs Kaur will be quarantined in a Delhi hotel until Friday, when she can finally go home.

Nitish said: "She said, 'I'm like I'm in jail and I'm waiting when I will be released', so I just said, 'Wait for the good days, the good days will come'.

"Previously she was so panicked, now she's OK, she feels so much better - thanks to High Commission in London and Air India that rescues people from Belfast. It's a very sweet story but when the pandemic started it was full depression, full sadness."

Last week an Indian medical student flew home after three months stranded in Belfast.

At least a dozen others are waiting in NI to be repatriated via the country's national airline, Air India.

Indian media has reported at least 200,000 Indian citizens will be brought home.

Belfast Telegraph