COVID-19: Kashmiri students in Bangladesh asked to leave

Srinagar: While the government has suspended international flights in India in wake of coronavirus pandemic, scores of Kashmiri students in Bangladesh say they have been asked to leave. They appealed External Affairs Minister to intervene and also issued an appealed to west Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to open borders for them and let them to India so that they can go home.

“We are around 80 students from different colleges, stuck here (in Bangladesh) and have been asked by the administration to evict the hostel with immediate effect,” a student of Eastern Medical College Comilla told over phone.

“We urge the Government of Jammu and Kashmir and Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) Government of India to take immediate measures in bringing us back to Kashmir,” the student said, flanked by others, said.

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The students said that in wake of suspension of international flights in India, they must be allowed to enter India through border. “We urge Chief Minister of West Bengal to let us in through border.”

When contacted, Advisor to LG Baseer Khan said he will look into the matter.

“I will take up the issue with the Government of India as well as authorities in Bangladesh and will put in all efforts to bring these students back at the earliest,” Khan said. (GNS)

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