“Treated like animals” allege students in Baramulla quarantine

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A group of people who were abroad are being shifted in a bus to quarantine facality during strict restrictions in Srinagar on 22 March 2020. Photograph by Umer Asif

Srinagar: A group of students from north Kashmir who are under quarantine at GMC Baramulla on Monday alleged that “they are being treated like animals.”

“There are virtually no facilities at GMC Baramulla. We are 30 students here and are being treated like animals,” the aggrieved students alleged.

Some students told over phone that they have been provided ‘poor accommodation’ and deprived of necessary facilities.

“They want us to stay for 14-days quarantine and at least we should be treated like humans and provided livable facilities,” they added.

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Iqbal (name changed), a student who returned from Chennai told, “I have been put at a girl’s hostel room at GMC Baramulla for quarantine along with many students. However the facilities which are needed at this moment are lacking here.”

Another student who returned from Chandigarh told that they “feel unsafe and authorities should send us back to our homes as they don’t experience any symptoms of COVID-19 but the condition in which we are IN here, there are  chances of getting infected.”

He said they have been kept in shabby and untidy place where “even a normal person will fall sick.”

When contacted, Deputy Commissioner Baramulla, Dr G.N Itoo told, “We are putting facilities in place and are trying our best to ensure all facilities. They should also realize that can’t have comfortable like homes.” (GNS)

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