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Lockdown: Kashmiri businessmen, labourers stranded in Goa

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Srinagar: Amid the Coronavirus pandemic and the three-week lockdown in India, hundreds of Kashmiri labourers struck in many parts of Goa city in India have demanded immediate evacuation, or they need some financial help, saying they are gripped in fear and panic.
Meanwhile, a group of Kashmiris stuck in Himachal Pradesh were beaten merciless forcing police there to lodge an FIR.
In Goa scores of Kashmiri businessmen and labourers, who mostly hail from Srinagar, South Kashmir, Bandipora and Tangmarg, Baramulla, are now desperately looking for ways to come out of the area, saying, they are worried about their future stay here.
Many of them, who had gone to the Goa city or have been living there since long, to earn a livelihood, for their families are now stranded. Some of them said that they are not able to get proper food.
The ongoing lockdown has affected their livelihood as there has been a total closure of business establishments in Goa amid restrictions and heavy security deployment.
“Most of them are running short of money and it is almost impossible for them to continue their stay outside their rented accommodations. They have not received any help from the local government nor has the admin from Kashmir approached them so far,” a group of stranded people said.
A Kashmir businessman living in Goa for many years said that government is not providing them any facilities and they were facing lot of issues.
Meanwhile, scores of labourers from Ramban district who are stranded in Barote Himachal Pradesh were mercilessly thrashed during the intervening night of Sunday. The incident came to light after a video and scores of pictures of the incident went viral on social media.
Gujjar Bakarwal Youth Welfare Conference State vice President Guftar Choudhary condemned the thrashing of labourers by goons. He demanded immediate evacuation of Kashmiri labourers, students stranded in various cities across the country.
“I urge the Home Minister Amit Shah and J&K LG GC Murmu to take immediate measures and make special arrangements for the safe evacuation of Kashmiri students stranded in different parts of Country,” he said. (KNO)

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