Stranded people at Pathankot sent to their homes from Lakhanpur

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SRINAGAR: As many as 1211 people, who were stranded in Pathankot district of Punjab due to the imposition of lockdown, were brought today at Lakhanpur in Punjab Roadways buses who have completed 21 days of quarantine at different quarantine centers of Pathankot.

Apparently, this photograph shows the buses carrying the passengers from Pathankot to Kathua. Pic: JKP

DC Kathua informed that the Pathankot Administration handed over these people to Kathua District Administration at Lakhanpur amid proper arrangements. He said that stranded people passed through the sanitization tunnel and then they stood in a queue maintaining social distancing.

This photograph shows the passengers being ‘assembled’ for identity and other basic requirements. Photo: JKP

He further said that a team of doctors and paramedical staff recorded their temperature through hand-held thermometer and they were asked to fill a self-reporting form at Lakhanpur indicating their personal information, travel history and whether they were showing any symptoms of COVID-19.

The 1200 odd passengers seem to be queued up for a lift into Jammu and Kashmir. Pic: JKP

The District Administration has arranged a fleet of SRTC buses to send these people to their respective districts, DC said and added that 350 people in today`s batch belong to Kashmir while, rest of them belong to Jammu Division. District wise segregation of travellers was also done and different buses for different districts will be sent directly from Lakhanpur, DDC said.

Passengers finally crossing the gateway, the Lakhnpur crossing in this series of aerial photographs released by the police. Pic: JKP

The DDC along with SSP, Shailendra Mishra also inspected other arrangements put in place at Lakhanpur to restrain coronavirus. Strict lockdown guidelines was enforced at Lakhanpur to ensure no unchecked inward/outward movement except for essential and medical services, DDC divulged.

Stranded people at Pathankot sent to their homes from Lakhanpur. Pic: DIPR

ADC Kathua, Atul Gupta, Nodal Officer for Lakhanpur control room, Arvind Karwani, ASP, Ramnish Gupta, DSP HQ, Majid Mehboob, DSP DAR, K D Bhagat, Tehsildars, Naib Tehsildars and other District Officers were also present on this occasion.

Earlier, the police on Monday released a few photographs with a tweet suggesting that the police in Kathua had made arrangements for taking over 1200 citizens of Jammu and Kashmir from Punjab.

Though there are not many details, the tweets suggest that they had completed the mandatory quarantine of 14 days. They seemingly were quarantined somewhere in Pathankot. “DGP J&K Sh Dilbag Singh has complimented Kathua Police for excellent social distancing & allied arrangements by Police and Civil Administration,” the two-liner said.

However, the four photographs that accompanied the tweet gave enough details of the take-over. These offers details of the arrangements and the systems in vogue about social distancing.

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