169 students arrive from Bangladesh

Students stranded in Pakistan appeal for evacuation
169 students arrive from Bangladesh
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A group of 169 medical students who were stranded in Bangladesh arrived in Srinagar on Tuesday.

A flight carrying the students landed at Srinagar airport inthe afternoon.

Director Srinagar Airport, Santosh Dhoke confirmed thearrival of students from Bangladesh.

Thestudents were ferried in busses from the airport to the quarantine centres."Following our screening at the airport, we were shifted to quarantinecentres," said a student.

Thiswas the second flight which evacuated students from Bangladesh. The thirdflight is scheduled on Wednesday.

Deputy Commissioner (DC) Srinagar Shahid Iqbal Choudharyvisited several of these centres and interacted with the students.

He assured them of provision of all their needs andrequirements throughout their quarantine period.

Choudharysaid government was making efforts for evacuation of some 200 more studentsstranded in Bangladesh.

The DC office Srinagar had purchased bulk air tickets forthe convenience of these students.

For their convenient and comfortable stay the districtadministration has reserved "some best hotels" requisitioned for purposes ofusage as quarantine facilities – for their accommodation during quarantineperiod.

Meanwhile, a train ferryingaround 1,000 stranded passengers, mostly students from Bangalore, reachedUdhampur railway station today.

An official said the returnees were sent to their respectivedistricts in busses for collection of samples for COVID19 testing.

Twotrains have also departed from Goa, ferrying stranded students and laborers.

The evacuation process of students, laborers and workersstarted after Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) announced relaxation in theongoing lockdown and allowed interstate movement of stranded people.

Around 300 students stranded at Dehradhun were alsoevacuated in nine buses.

Similarly, a group of 175 stranded reached Jammu thisevening.

Amidthe evacuation of students, students stranded in Pakistan have urged thegovernment of India and J&K government for their evacuation.

Thesestudents are pursuing medical courses in different colleges at Lahore andIslamabad.

"We are around 90 students.The government doesn't need to arrange flights for us as we can come in buses.We will be allowed to travel towards Wagah border where from the governmentshould make travel arrangements for us," a student said.

The students earlier madean attempt to return to the Valley on March 18, but were sent back to theircolleges as the borders were sealed to control spread of coronavirus.

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