Guwahati: Around 200 medical students from Assam and other northeastern states remained trapped in Kyrgyzstan and waiting to return home. The students waiting for an airlift under the Vande Bharat Mission alleged that neither the Centre nor the state government has taken any initiative to bring them back.
In a video message sent to Time8, the students requested the state’s chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal and health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma to press the Centre to arrange their flight back to Assam.
Sehil Akhtar Khan from International school of Medecine, Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan said, “There were four flights which evacuate many students from Kyrgyzstan to Delhi, Hyderabad and Gaya in first phase. We waited for second phase but didn’t found the name Guwahati for northeastern students in the schedule of second phase.”
He said that the students had tried to contact the Indian embassy too but in vain. “We tried to contact with Assam government via mails and twitter or any other means of sources but did not get any positive response,” he alleged.
Another student from Assam’s Barpeta district, Sanidul Hussain, added, “All our examinations got over one month ago and trying to go home from last one month. But due to the lockdown and growing cases in Kyrgyzstan, we are now facing difficulties in our stay. We request the state government to arrange a flight to Guwahati like other states.”
The students from Assam hail from various districts like Barpeta, Kamrup, Dhubri, Goalpara, etc. Along with them, there were students from Arunachal Pradesh too.