“We are about to suffer mental breakdown”: Kashmiri students stuck in Bhopal demand evacuation

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Srinagar: In the on-going nationwide lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, over 250 Kashmiri students are stuck in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, and are demanding immediate evacuation.

“We want to go home and request Jammu-Kashmir Government to evacuate us from Bhopal,” said a student Muzaffar Hussain. “We spoke to District Development Commissioner, Bhopal, who in turn informed Government of India, but to date nothing has been done to give us a respite.”

“We don’t know how long will this lockdown continue and we are about to suffer a mental breakdown,” said the student. “Who will not get panicked in such a situation and far from home?”

In a series of tweets, former chief minister Omar Abdullah has expressed concerns over the locals stuck across the country. He appealed Jammu and Kashmir Government to get the stranded students back to Valley.

Most of these stranded students in Bhopal hail from Budgam, central Kashmir.

District Development Commissioner, Budgam, Tariq Ahmed Ganai, said that they will decide about the matter and will try to bring these students back. “Authorities will think about the matter. There are other Kashmiris who are stuck as well in many parts,” he said. (KNT)

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