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Worried Kashmiris turn to television, Internet to get news about home

Many of them have been unable to contact their families in the Valley

Students and working professionals from Jammu and Kashmir living in the city were a worried lot on Monday as they were unable to contact their families and relatives back home as all communication channels have been blocked.

Many of them were glued to news channels and the Internet to get updates on the situation. Ruman Mushtaq, a third year engineering student at a private college in the city, said he was trying trying to reach his parents from morning. “I just want to talk to my parents and I am considering going back home in Srinagar as I am worried about what the situation will be,” he said.

A second year nursing student at a nursing college here, Mohsin Imtiyaz Malla, said that he last spoke to his parents, who live in a village in Baramulla district in Jammu and Kashmir, on Saturday.

“My parents were worried as a few militants were killed in encounters in our district. I tried calling them but their phones are not reachable. This is an extremely troubling time for us,” he said.

Even working professionals, who have made the city their home, were agitated to learn about the situation at their home towns.

Qaiser Khaleel, an employee of a private company, who has lived in the city for 15 years, said that he was extremely distressed as he was unable to reach his sister-in-law and three-year-old niece in Srinagar. “We are very worried and want communication channels to be restored immediately,” he said.

Many students from Jammu and Kashmir were also unable to come to the city to attend classes owing to the curfew imposed.

Sandhya Tandon, a third year UVCE student who lives in Jammu district, said she was planning to take a flight next week and return to Bengaluru.

“There is curfew here and I am hoping things will return to normality next week and I will be able to return to the city,” she said.

Attendance to be given

K.R. Venugopal, Vice-Chancellor of Bangalore University, said that they will ensure that students are given attendance for the days they miss and promised students that there was no reason for them to worry.

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