40 students from England, Bangladesh Among 153 quarantined

Many allege lack of amenities in facilities set up by govt, say they’re only seeking ‘livable conditions’

Srinagar, March 19 : Seventy-eight passengers of an Air India Leh-Srinagar flight were among 153 persons quarantined on their arrival here on Thursday, officials said.

Officials told GNS that all passengers arriving from Leh at the airport have to undergo mandatory quarantine as such they were taken to quarantine facilities set up by the authorities in Srinagar. “There were protests by some of them, demanding they should be allowed to go home after proper screening,” sources said. However, the officials said that all of them were moved to quarantine facility, set up at different places, as part of the already announced procedure to arrest the spread of the coronavirus.

Also 40 students arrived from England and Bangladesh on Thursday morning and 35 others from other places, the officials said.

While their screening was being done at the airport, the authorities held a meeting as to whether or not they shall be allowed to go home or they too be moved to quarantine facilities. Eventually, the authorities decided to quarantine them and they were taken to facilities set up at different places by the government, the disclosure of which has been banned by the deputy commissioner Srinagar.

However, a number of their relatives called GNS, alleging that the facilities set up by the government were inadequate and the authorities have “messed up everything.”

They demanded intervention of the higher authorities including divisional commissioner Kashmir and deputy commissioner Srinagar among others to ensure that they are provided better facilities where “any ordinary human being can live.” “We are not asking for moon but at least those facilities should be made available which are necessary for any ordinary human being,” they said. (GNS)