Kashmiri students stuck in Bangladesh | Omar Abdullah seeks intervention of External Affairs Minister

Former J&K chief minister and National Conference vice-president, Omar Abdullah Thursday urged External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar to assist the Kashmiri students stuck in Bangladesh.

“Requesting @DrSJaishankar to kindly intervene with the Government of Bangladesh to assist these Kashmiri students as best possible,” Omar Abdullah said while tweeting a story by Greater Kashmir on the plight of the students stranded in Bangladesh due to lockdown over Covid-19. Omar Abdullah also appealed to the people to stay home in order to break the chain of Covid-19 infection. “#StayHome #BreakTheChain #StayHomeSaveLives,” he tweeted.

In the wake of the Omar Abdullah’s tweet, the External Affairs Minister took up the matter with the High Commission of India in Bangladesh to ensure safety of students. The High Commission of India in Bangladesh replied from its official twitter handle stating that they were in touch with the college authorities.

“Please be assured that we are in constant touch with the college authorities to ensure the safety security and wellbeing of Indian students,” @ihcdhaka tweeted.

Greater Kashmir had on Thursday reported that the valley students stranded at Benaport for two days had been sent back to their colleges and universities in Bangladesh from the international passenger terminal Benapole Landport, Jashore.

A group of 70 students including boys and girls had earlier left for Kashmir after their colleges were shut in the wake of Covid-19 spread.

The Government of India ordered for a countrywide lockdown on Monday with curfew at many places to ensure social distancing and people’s home stay. The government also suspended all international and domestic flights, besides sealing borders and entry points. The decision was taken to contain the epidemic.

In a series of tweets, Omar Abdullah also expressed concern over the Valley students in different states.

“Students trainees, vendors and businessmen from J&K are stranded across States. Since they need to stay put, GoI needs to direct states to help and find safe accommodation and food for them where required. This will reduce chances of desperate mobility and help to break the chain,” Omar Abdullah tweeted.

Five female students of Valley were stuck at the Glocal University in Saharanpur Tehsil Behat. They were facing dearth of essential commodities and other basic needs.

Soon after Omar Abdullah’s tweet, the Deputy Chief of Rajasthan Sachin Pilot tweeted that Kota district officials and local police were in touch with these students. “They will be provided transport, accommodation and meals. And also to all other such stranded students from all over the country,” Sachin Pilot tweeted.