Stranded Bengalis protest against WB Govt for ignoring them
Residents of West Bengal stranded in Haridwar sat on dharna at Vishnu Ghat and raised slogans against the West Bengal government for the delay in facilitating their return to their home state. On receiving information about this, the district tourism officer Seema Nautiyal and senior sub inspector Jagmohan Ramola reached the site to pacify the stranded Bengalis.
Around 950 residents of West Bengal are staying at various hotel Dharmshalas in Haridwar. They have been demanding to be sent home since the lockdown first started. However, their return has not been facilitated reportedly due to pending approval from the West Bengal government. The Bengalis had come to Haridwar to bathe in the Ganga but have been stranded here since the lockdown began. Frustrated with the stance taken by the government of their home state, the stranded citizens demonstrated at Vishnu Ghat and alleged that the West Bengal government was acting in a biased manner by bringing back stranded persons from some particular locations while ignoring the ones stranded in Haridwar.
The state officials somehow pacified the protesting citizens and took a memorandum from them. Nautiyal said that the Haridwar district magistrate is making consistent efforts to send them to West Bengal, but the stranded persons could not be sent yet due to pending approval of the Bengal government. All necessary arrangements including lodging are bring provided free of cost to the stranded Bengalis. As soon as the order comes from the government level, arrangements will be made to send them back to West Bengal.
Thursday, 07 May 2020 | PNS | Haridwar
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