Kashmir Indepth

Kashmiris stranded in various states seek evacuation


Srinagar, April 11 (KINS): There seems no end to miseries of Kashmiri students, businessmen and labourers who are stranded in various states across the country.

Kashmir Indepth News Service has been receiving calls from Kashmiris who are stranded in different parts of the country and seek their evacuation.

Irfan Ahmad, a resident of Baramulla is one among the Kashmiris who are stranded in Mohali.

“There are Kashmiri students and also those who work in companies in Mohali. We are stranded here. Nobody is concerned about us. We are also running out of money. We appeal the government to evacuate us from here,” Irfan told Kashmir Indepth News Service (KINS).

Hundreds of Kashmiris are also stuck in Goa since the government announced lockdown to combat the coronavirus. “We are facing immense inconveniences amid hot weather. We are finding it difficult to get eatables. We request government to evacuate us from here,” Mohammad Rafiq, who is stranded in Goa told KINS.

Bashir Ahmad, who is stranded in Goa, has also appealed the government to evacuate them from there. “We are already running out of money. We don’t know how to survive. All the money we had earned have been exhausted,” he said.

 “We have been left at the mercy of God. Nobody is asking us about food,” a Kashmiri student Omar Ahmad, who is stuck in Bangalore told KINS.

He said they were running out of money and all the stock they had brought have exhausted. “We don’t have money even to buy medicines. My parents are worried about me,” he said.

Similarly, scores of Kashmir labourers are stuck in Amritsar since the government announced lockdown to combat the coronavirus.

“Our tests have been done which have turned negative. We live in small rooms amid hot weather. Please take us to Kashmir. If government wants do further tests there and we will also be in quarantine in Kashmir,” an elderly man, who is stranded in Amritsar.

Another Kashmir said there were no arrangements for them. “We are already running out of money. We may die here because of hunger. We have been under complete lockdown. But nobody is asking us about food or water. We feel unsafe here and are being treated unwell. Nobody is concerned about us,” he said.

Meanwhile, with an aim to address the issues faced by the residents of Jammu and Kashmir living in different parts of the country, a 24X7 Helpline Center was established at J&K Resident Commission Office, New Delhi following the lockdown due to Coronavirus pandemic.

The staff engaged with the helpline center is working tirelessly for last 14 days to reduce the hardships of the J&K students, business persons, labourers as well as patients who are currently out of J&K, official said.

Helpline is engaged with local administrations of more than 18 states in rendering all possible help in the form of cooked food, dry ration, medicines, vegetables as well temporary accommodation where ever required. It is also pertinent to mention that almost all the district administrations have been very prompt and responsive in their actions and are making sure that all the issues are resolved on war front.

The helpline center is working 24X7 by listening and noting down the queries, calls, grievances and suggestions concerning labourers, business persons, students, their parents as well as close relatives and even patients.(KINS)

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