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Stranded tourists from Bengal seek government help

The tourists are at a resort near Berinag area of the district in Uttarakhand since March 21
Aerial view of Pithoragarh in Uttarakhand: The group consists of people from Howrah, Bankura, Durgapur and Asansol districts of Bengal.
Aerial view of Pithoragarh in Uttarakhand: The group consists of people from Howrah, Bankura, Durgapur and Asansol districts of Bengal.
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PTI   |   Pithoragarh   |   Published 25.04.20, 09:58 PM

A group of 27 tourists from Bengal stuck here for over a month because of the lockdown requested the district administration on Saturday to send them home, saying they had run out of money and essential medicines.

The tourists are at a resort near Berinag area of the district in Uttarakhand since March 21.

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“We reached Chaukori on March 21 in the course of our Kumaon tour but got stuck at the resort because of the sudden imposition of the lockdown to fight Covid-19,” said Shantanu Ghosh, a member of the group who hails from Asansol district of Bengal.

Ghosh said the group has a four-year-old girl and four people who had undergone bypass surgery and need their daily dose of medicines.

“They have already finished their medicines which are not available in the local market,” he said.

The group consists of people from Howrah, Bankura, Durgapur and Asansol districts of Bengal.

When contacted, Pithoragarh district magistrate V.K. Jogdande said the administration is fully aware of the problems being faced by the group and they are being provided with essentials, including food and medicines.

But they can be sent back to their respective homes in Bengal only after the district administration gets a nod from higher authorities, he said.

A letter has already been sent to senior officials of the district in this regard, Jogdande said.

“Once we hear from them, we will act accordingly,” he said. 



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