Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Over 70 from Karnataka stuck for more than 50 days in Dhaka

Bengaluru: Over 70 people from Karnataka, including two pregnant women and eight children, have been stranded in Dhaka for over 50 days. Interestingly, Indians from Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Delhi and Kashmir are returning home on Vande Bharat flights.
The stranded people are from Bengaluru, Hassan and North Karnataka, among others, and include businesspersons, techies and students.
“I came to Dhaka on March 13 and was to leave on March 24. But the lockdown left me stranded. Many like me are stuck here, some without jobs and money. I’ve exhausted all my money on food and accommodation. I’m still hopeful the Karnataka government will get us out of here,” Bommegowda GN, manager, clothing line, told TOI. This Bengalurean drove 13 hours from Chittagong to Dhaka on Monday hoping Indian authorites would arrange a flight to Bengaluru.
The stranded people have registered with the Indian high commission in Dhaka, seeking help to get home.
Over 70 Bengaluru-bound passengers hoped to return on an Air India flight on Thursday but were clueless about the schedule. “We received an email in the first week of May which said we could fly to Chennai. We were overjoyed, but there was no communication after that. The high commission was supposed to send us all a link for the flight ticket booking and payment mode,” software consultant Srujan Reddy, said.
Some like Reddy personally went to the high commission in Dhaka but returned empty-handed.
Ramesh NS, businessman and president of the Akhila Karnataka Kannada Dhaka Sangha, is mobilising the group’s return to Karnataka. “We were kept in the dark about the flight to Chennai. Only four people from Karnataka, including a woman, managed to get seats on that flight.”
19/05/20 Petlee Peter/Times of India

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