Coronavirus: Delhi HC issues notice in plea for evacuation of Indian citizens from Bangladesh
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Coronavirus: Delhi HC issues notice in plea for evacuation of Indian citizens from Bangladesh

The Court sought an affidavit from the Centre stating the steps taken by it for the well-being of the students.

Aditi Singh

The Delhi High Court today issued notice in a petition seeking the evacuation of Indian citizens, particularly students, from Bangladesh in the wake of the global novel Coronavirus, COVID-19, outbreak.

A Division Bench of Justices Siddharth Mridul and Talwant Singh issued notice to the Central Government and sought an affidavit stating the steps taken by it for the well-being of the Indian students stuck in Bangladesh.

The proceedings were conducted through video-conferencing.

The order was passed in a PIL for evacutaion preferred by Advocate Gaurav Kumar Bansal.

Basal had moved the Petition before the High Court after he recieved a WhatsApp message from an Indian student in Bangladesh on the night of March 25, seeking his help for evacuation.

The message stated that students were stuck in a university campus, without masks and sanitizers and nowhere to go due to the lockdown.

The next morning, he also recieved an email stating the same.

The Petition states that there are around 581 Indian students in Bangladesh whose welfare and well-being was at stake.

Bansal thus seeks a direction to the Central Government to forthwith initiate steps for safe and secure return of Indian students who are feeling unsafe in this difficult time in Bangladesh.

The Petition also seeks appointment of Nodal Offocers in all the Indian Embassies.

The matter would be heard next on March 30.

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