Over fifty Indians stranded in Iraq returned to India on Friday morning after their Air India flight was canceled on March 4, news reports said.
The group of 51 people, of which 30 were from Mumbai, had flown to Iraq on February 22 to visit the Karbala mosque. However, their return flight to India was canceled.
The group staged a protest in front of the airline office in Iraq on Wednesday.
The immigration officers of the airline had told the pilgrims that since all 51 of them were given a visa together, they would be sent back collectively but there were no flights with 51 available seats.
Earlier this week, Praveen Bhatnagar, Air India spokesperson, said in remarks that there were arrangements were made on Thursday night for seats in Qatar Airways, within steps to bring the pilgrims back.