Srinagar: Hundreds of Kashmiris including women and children stranded in various cities across India in wake of COVID-19 pandemic are growing anxious seeking return to their homes ahead of holy month beginning in the last week of April.
They said that holy Ramdhan was just less than two weeks away and they will suffer immensely, if their return was not facilitated before the onset of holy month.
“We are running short of money and even essentials. We are willing to undergo quarantine but in our own state. We are falling sick here,” said Mohd Ashraf, who is stranded in Punjab’s Hosharpur city, along with dozens of fellow Kashmiris.
“Authorities must take steps to facilitate our return to Kashmir. Ramdhan is just some days away and we appeal authorities to facilitate our return before holy month. Our families back home are worried about us,” he added.
Many Kashmiris stuck in Rajasthan said that they were suffering immensely due to shortage of cash and essentials. They appealed the government to facilitate their return.
“We are not even able to get ration and medicines here due to lock down. The authorities can not afford to ignore our sufferings and delay our return,” said, Riyaz Ahmad , a Bandipora resident.
Curtain Raiser received scores of calls and also videos from Jammu, Rajasthan, Delhi and Punjab during past few days from such people making fervent appeals to authorities to facilitate their immediate return.
Thrashing of a group of Kashmiris in Himachal Pradesh by some locals recently have triggered panic and immense insecurity among them.
“I was beaten without any provocation by a group of youth when I went out in the evening to buy essentials,” said Hilal Ahmad Sheikh, a Kupwara resident, stranded in HP.
“I have been doing Shawl business here for past seven years but have not felt insecurity so much as I am feeling these days. There are many Kashmiris, who fear to venture out even to buy milk and bread,” he added.
Hilal appealed Lt. Governor to facilitate their return ahead of holy month.