AGENCIES, Lucknow: The Yogi Adityanath-led Uttar Pradesh government on Friday sent 300 buses to facilitate return of students stranded in Kota in the wake of the coronavirus lockdown.
The development comes after the students started a Twitter campaign – #helpkotastudents and #sendusbackhome where they tagged Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla who is an MP from Kota, Rajashthan chief minster Ashok Gehlot, UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath among others.
Coming from different states including Uttar Pradesh, Odisha and Bihar, these students had tweeted over 70,000 messages on the micro-blogging site sharing their worries, challenges and threats they face due to coronavirus pandemic.
Earlier, Kota district administration had allowed students to leave for their native states. However, as states refused to let these students in, the permission was later withdrawn on Tuesday, leaving several IIT and medical aspirants stranded.
Meanwhile, Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar called it “injustice” and against the principle of the nationwide lockdown to contain the spread of coronavirus.
“The way special buses are being sent to ferry students from Kota, it is injustice with the principle of the lockdown,” he told NDTV.