Kashmiri students stuck at Bangladesh border, demand evacuation

Scores of Kashmiri students returning from Bangladesh amid COVID-19 outbreak have been left stranded at the country’s border with India, hoping the authorities would evacuate them.

Greater Kashmir received distress calls and emails from the students who are waiting at international passenger terminal Benapole Landport, Jashore. “We were asked to vacate hostels by the college administration in Bangladesh. But, we were not allowed to enter Indian side and we are stuck at the border from past many hours,” the students said.

They said their tickets from Kolkata to Delhi were also confirmed but still they are not allowed to move ahead. “We are literally on road, help us, save us, we are on verge of death,” urges a student.

The students said they cannot go back to Bangladesh as they have already reached the Kolkata border.

“We can’t stay here as it is too risky. We appeal to the Indian government and the JK government to intervene into the matter and help us to reach our homes in Kashmir,” the distressed students said, in an email.

Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Pandurang Kondbarao Pole expressed helplessness, saying that all the borders were sealed in view of Coronavirus outbreak. “It is very difficult for the students to return now. They should contact Principal resident commissioner in New Delhi to register their grievance,” he said.