Stranded students: Admin writes to Resident Commissioner in Delhi

The divisional administration Kashmir on Wednesday wrote to Jammu and Kashmir Resident Commissioner in Delhi asking him to facilitate evacuation of Kashmiri students stranded in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan.

A letter from the office of Divisional Commissioner Kashmir has sought help in return of 53 Iran-returned students, who have completed their stipulated 14-day quarantine period in Jaislamer on March 29. Since then the students have been stranded due to the ongoing 21-day lockdown.

Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Pandurang Pole, told the Greater Kashmir, “We are hopeful that the students are brought back home soon.”

Official sources told Greater Kashmir that Jammu and Kashmir administration is mulling to evacuate the stranded students with help of Indian Air Force flights next week. Senior officials told Greater Kashmir that they “are contemplating to send a request for evacuation to IAF by end of this week or early next week.”

The parents of the students have held several silent protests during last few days demanding return of their children.

Javid Ahmad Bhat, a parent from Natipora, said, “We have been running from pillar to post for evacuation of our children but to no avail. We once again urge the administration to bring our children back as soon as possible. They have already completed their quarantine and tested negative for Covid-19.”

Similarly, a number of Kashmiri students who were brought back from Pakistan through Punjab have also completed their quarantine period and despite the Punjab government offering them transport services, authorities are not allowing their entry to Jammu and Kashmir, several other parents alleged. They said that the government of India must arrange special domestic flights to facilitate return of stranded J&K residents to their homeland.