16 labourers reach Poonch from Kashmir, quarantined

The district authorities here on Sunday quarantined 16 laborers who entered the district late on Saturday evening using a centuries old traditional route of Budgam-Khada Ki Gali- Loran to reach their native places.

An official said all 16 persons are resident of Loran village and were working as labourers in Srinagar where they got stuck due to the lockdown amid the COVID19 pandemic.

“On Thursday evening, all the men moved towards Budgam from Srinagar and on Friday morning, they started the journey on foot from Budgam to Poonch via Khada Ki Gali,” the official said.

He said the labourers spent a night somewhere near Nandi Chool and resumed the journey the next morning and reached Poonch on Saturday evening.

“All the laborers were successfully evacuated by the police team in Loran and shifted to a quarantine center in the area,” the official said.

He said the route from Poonch’s Loran to Kashmir’s Budgam via Khada Ki Gali, Domail Dhok and Nandi Chool was a traditional one used centuries ago.

District Magistrate Poonch, Rahul Yadav said no sooner they got the information about the movement of the labourers they were intercepted and shifted to quarantine.

“They entered the district illegally,” he said.