Stranded Kashmiris Start Home Journey By Trains 

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Jammu: Over a thousand people from Jammu and Kashmir stranded in Bangalore and Agra have started journey towards their homes in the government operated trains, officials said Monday.

According to an official statement, a train from Bangalore carrying about 1000 people started its journey and is likely to take about 48 hours to reach its destination.

“The entire process of boarding was organised while strictly adhering to the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) meant to prevent the spread of COVID-19,” the official handout said.

The statement further reads that yesterday evening, another train, this time from Goa, left for J&K carrying persons, who had been unable to move from Goa since the lockdown began on 3rd March, 2020.

“Prior to boarding, the necessary screening was conducted as per the SOP. The train will take about 36 hours to reach Udhampur”.

Similarly, 37 stranded persons including 11 students also left Monday morning from Agra towards J&K.

Jamia Sends Stranded Hostellers Back To J&K 

Meanwhile the Jamia Millia Islamia on Sunday sent its students from Jammu and Kashmir back to their native places in a special bus arranged by it.

Two university guards, who are former armymen, are also accompanying students in the bus, the varsity said. These students were stranded in hostels due to the nationwide lockdown to contain the spread of COVID-19 pandemic, the university said.

The bus was properly sanitised before leaving for Delhi Pharmaceutical Sciences and Research University for medical screening of students, guards and drivers for fever and other symptoms related to the coronavirus, it said.

The university is making arrangements for hostellers to send them back to their homes in their respective states, it said.

Meanwhile, boarders of the girls and boys hostels wrote to the vice-chancellor stating it is impossible to vacate the hostels at this time with their belongings.

They urged the administration to reconsider its decision asking the students to vacate their hostel rooms.

 

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