Chandigarh, April 20 (IANS) 1,200 Kashmiri migrants from various states, who were stranded in Punjab’s Pathankot town for the past 20 days, entered J&K on Monday, according to officials, here on Monday.
The Punjab government and the police were providing them food and lodging during the 20-day stay and isolation, said an official.
They were on their way to J&K but the UT administration refused to allow them entry due to lockdown. On this, the Punjab government set up nine quarantine centres for them.
Medical teams were deployed for regular health checkups and providing medicines, said Punjab Director General of Police Dinkar Gupta.
As the migrants finally got the J&K administration’s nod, they hailed the support provided by the host state, especially the Punjab Police. They also acknowledged the support provided by Radha Soami Dera Beas and other organisations in this critical time.
“The Punjab Police have been a warm host for 20 days in these dark days,” said a resident of district Ramban.
According to the migrants, the police provided them food, other essentials, shelter, medical facilities, and proper sanitation, and kept them protected and safe over the past 20 days.