Coronavirus scare: J&K HC orders the Center to take steps to evacuate students from Iran

SRINAGAR: Considering the representation made by relatives of Kashmir students stranded in Iran, the J&K high court on Wednesday ordered the Center to take measures to evacuate them and other Indians from the country affected by the coronavirus. The court also ordered the J&K and Ladakh administrations to ensure the creation of adequate isolation and quarantine facilities, in addition to the testing laboratories, for the prevention of novels.

The justice and justice bank comprised of the ministries of foreign affairs, family health and welfare and civil aviation, and principal secretaries and commissioned secretaries of the health and medical education departments of J&K and Ladakh, respectively, responded in the case.

CJ Mittal issued the order after considering the representations of a Dr, a resident of Budgam in J&K, and other relatives of stranded students as a court order petition.

Dr. Zahoor's request to the CJ said: Due to the sudden outbreak of Covid-19 in Iran ... all air traffic has been suspended from that country to other nations, including India. Once again, it is noted that there are many pilgrims, workers and students stranded in Iran. They face a shortage of masks, medications and other essential products due to the massive closure/closure by government authorities. It is requested that arrangements be made to evacuate stranded people/students in priority since the infection is spreading very quickly ...

The court even requested the Center to do what was necessary through the Indian embassy in Tehran and ensure the availability of the necessary materials, including masks, medicines and basic products, for all Indians stranded there.

The judges also ordered interested authorities to ensure availability in a sufficient amount of N-95, or any other mask recommended to the public and separation kits for all medical personnel and staff.

After issuing notices to respondents, the bank asked the registry to submit a report regarding the above to the court before March 12, the next date of the hearing.