204 J&K Residents Return From Pakistan

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Srinagar: The administration of union territory of Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday evacuated 204 J&K residents stranded in Pakistan due to lockdown enforced in both the countries in view of Corona-virus pandemic.

Preeti Sharma, Manager J&K House, Amritsar, who is also nodal officer for evacuation of J&K residents stranded in Pakistan, said that 204 J&K residents were evacuated on first day of the evacuation process.

She said all the J&K residents were received in Amritsar at Wagah border under a very smooth atmosphere. She said all the J&K residents were sent to their respective districts in state road transport corporation (SRTC) buses.

“Initially the medical screening was done at border security forces (BSF) checkpoint and now the thermal screening will be again conducted at Lakhanpur and the COVID-19 samples will be collected in their respective districts,” she said.

The Nodal officer said that the expected batch for tomorrow was around 152 but at least 48 who didn’t arrive today will be part of 2nd batch on Friday that takes the entire 2nd lot to at least 200.

She said that entry and all other arrangements were made appropriately for the process and the execution was done in the proper manner and everything as planned went normally.

Pertinently, Preeti Sharma nodal officer for evacuation process earlier had said that at least 500 J&K residents stranded in Pakistan were being brought back via Wagah border

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