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Parents demand evacuation of Haryana students from RMS Bengaluru

More than 50 students hailing from Haryana have been stuck at hostels of Rashtriya Military School (RMS), Bengaluru, for more than a month.

Manish Kaswan, a resident of Hisar, wrote a letter to Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on April 20 for evacuation of students. His son Atharv studies in Class 9.

Evacuation of Haryana students from RMS Bengaluru

“The school is closed but cadets are constrained to stay there due to unavailability of transportation from Bengaluru to Haryana. These teenagers are feeling lonely, stressed and anxious as there are no regular classes or scheduled activities going on during this period. Moreover, scheduled summer vacations will also start from first week of May,” Kaswan said.

He added, “These students have already completed their first quarantine-isolation stage. Exceeded period of stay may create a panic situation among them.”

Another parent Rajesh, resident of Barwala (Hisar), said, “When chief ministers of other states can bring their children stuck in Kota, Rajasthan, Haryana CM can also take initiative. The state government has to coordinate with Army headquarters. Students need a secure environment of home.”

His son Nitesh studies in Class 10.

Rashtriya Military Schools are from Class 6 to 12. There are five such schools in the country – Dholpur, Ajmer, Bengaluru, Chail and Belgaum.

“DC Hisar has called me. He is asking me to go to Bengaluru and bring back my son. But it is not feasible as multiple states have to be crossed,” said Kaswan.

“I am worried about my son who is in Class 9. The school authorities have taken details of nearby airport and railway station from us and have told us that they are talking to Army headquarters about it. But nothing has happened so far,” said Sandeep Kumar, a resident of Sirsa.

RMS Bengaluru Principal GJ Urankar confirmed that 340 cadets are stuck in the school with over 50 from Haryana.

“We are in constant touch with Army headquarters for sending these children via train. But here too, we are taking full care of them. They are safe here. Parents need not worry.”

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