Amid the ongoing lockdown to prevent the spread of Coronavirus, hundreds of stranded people on Saturday appealed to the Jammu and Kashmir administration to arrange transport facilities, saying they feel more vulnerable in the absence of proper arrangements.
A large number of people, including migrant labourers, from outside are stranded in Jammu after the administration ordered a shutdown of all establishments except those providing essential services and commodities across the Union Territory on March 22.
Hailing from different parts of Jammu and Kashmir, the anxious people said they are shuffling between the bus stand and the deputy commissioner’s office here over the past one week with the hope to attract the attention of the authorities towards their plight.
Mohammad Akram Najar, a resident of Kralgund village of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district, was among dozens of the stranded passengers waiting for a word from the deputy commissioner’s office at Wazarat Road here.
“I was in Kot Balwal jail for the last one year and was released only two days ago. I do not have any place to live here and I am desperate to reach my home,” Najar said.
Tameshwar Singh, a resident of Tathri village of Doda district, said he had been visiting the bus stand and the DC office for the last three days, but to no avail.
“We are not infected with the virus but if the situation continues like this, we are afraid of getting infected,” Singh, who was holding his minor child in his arms, said.
A girl, also hailing from Doda, said she was working at Toll Plaza when suddenly the lockdown came into effect, leaving them stranded. “My family is very concerned about my lodging, boarding and safety. The government should take note of our pleas and immediately arrange the bus service so that we are united with our families at this hour of crisis,” she said.