Admn presses SRTC buses to ferry Kashmiri students returning from Pak, put to COVID tests at Lakhanpur

Sumit Sharma. Updated: 1/13/2021 10:54:39 AM Front Page

JAMMU: A group of five Kashmiri students who returned from Pakistan via Wagha Border in Punjab on Tuesday when reached Lakhanpur, were sent to GMC Kathua for COVID 19 tests.

Official sources said that J&K Administration has sent two JKSRTC buses to Punjab to ferry Kashmiri students back to their respective placed in the valley Kashmir.

Authorities have managed their stay in Tangri Palace at Kathua district.

Five Kashmir students namely Bilal of Sopore, Fiza Nisar of Lal Chowk, Anantnag, Mousin Iqbal of Lane No 1 Gazab Colony, Rawalpura, Srinagar, Altaf Ahmed of Budgam and Javed Ahmed Mir of Sopore who had reached at Lakhanpur were put to COVID 19 tests as a part of SOP.

“The reports are expected on Wednesday and accordingly they will be allowed to proceed for Kashmir”, said a senior police officer.

Deputy Commissioner, Srinagar, Shahid Iqbal Choudhary when contacted informed The News Now that the SRTC buses were sent to bring back 34 Kashmiri students studying in Pakistan.

“These students had arrived at Attari Railway Station from where they were ferried in the J&K SRTC buses for their respective destinations in the Kashmir valley,” said an official.

Earlier on April 17, 2020 a group of 16 Kashmiri students reached Kashmir after remaining quarantined at Amritsar in the wake of the Coronavirus outbreak.

There are around 1,000 students from Kashmir studying in medical and engineering colleges in Pakistan.

On September 30, 2020, 315 Kashmiri students went to Pakistan to purse higher and professional education and the students returned to India during the lockdown.

They left India after medical test and custom investigation at Integrated Check Post at zero line.

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