Around 11,000 students from Bihar, who are preparing of medical and engineering entrance exams, are stuck in Rajasthan’s Kota amid lockdown. Many state governments including Uttar Pradesh have reached home by making special arrangements to their state’s students.
Even after repeated requests by the students, when the hearing was not held, these people have adopted the Gandhian way. These students are on fast or hunger strike and appealing to the Bihar government to provide arrangements.
Meanwhile, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has appealed that the governments of Bihar, West Bengal, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh to help their students still stuck in Kota.
3,000 students of Jharkhand, 2500-2500 students of West Bengal and Chhattisgarh respectively are present in Kota. The Uttar Pradesh government has already brought back the students of its state. After this, students from Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Assam have also left for their homes in the last two days. Thousands of students from Bihar go to Kota every year for medical and engineering preparations. Apart from the children, their families are also continuously pressurizing the state government for making arrangements to bring them back home. After requesting from a long time, these students are on hunger strike with placards in their hostels. They said that the fast will continue until there is a provision to take them home.
Recently, Nitish had strongly opposed the decision of the Uttar Pradesh government to take the students studying in Kota to their homes by buses as it is a violation of the lockdown.
Nitish Kumar said that the Rajasthan government should provide full facilities to the students living there.
On Thursday, a petition was also heard in Patna High Court in the matter of bringing back the students of Bihar trapped in Kota. The High Court has directed the Bihar government to reply on the matter within 5 days. The next hearing will be on 27 April. Prakriti Sharma, advocate of Pawan Kumar, a resident of Patna, filed the petition in the High Court. The Chief Secretary of the state has been directed to respond in this matter.