Stranded passengers hold protest, demand airlifting

Excelsior Correspondent

Stranded passengers protesting at Kishtwar. —Excelsior/Tilak Raj
Stranded passengers protesting at Kishtwar.
—Excelsior/Tilak Raj

KISHTWAR, Mar 12: The stranded passengers from Marwah-Dachhan area today held protest and demanded airlifting.
Around 150 stranded passengers assembled on Kishtwar-Marwah Dachhan road and blocked it for around two hours.
They raised slogans against the Government for not making arrangements of airlifting for the passengers of Marwah-Dachhan, who are stranded in Kishtwar for the past three days.
The protesting passengers stated, “This is for the third consecutive day that we are struck here and the administration has turned a blind eye towards our plights, forcing us to come on roads”.
They added that they were running out of money as they got stuck up in Kishtwar due to closure of Kishtwar-Marwah Dachhan road and the Government is not paying any heed towards them.
They further said that the hoteliers are also over-charging the stranded passengers for accommodation and foods and there is no check on them.
The poor stranded passengers from Marwah-Dachhan, who are spending their days and nights at Bus Stand Kishtwar due to financial crisis have fallen ill due to chilly cold weather conditions, they stated.
The authorities should take some emergent steps to airlift the stranded passengers to Marwah-Dachhan from Kishtwar, the protestors demanded. They also demanded that the ailing persons in Marwah-Dachhan should also be airlifted to Jammu.
Later, DC Kishtwar rushed to the spot and assured the protestors that the matter would be taken up with the higher authorities for early redressal.
On the assurance, the stranded passengers dispersed.

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