Bhuj SP
Bhuj SP interacting with Northeast students stranded at Bhuj in Gujarat. Image credit - Northeast Now

West Kameng superintendent of police Raja Banthia on Thursday extended help to the lockdown-hit students from the Northeast, stranded at Bhuj in Gujarat.

Coming to the rescue of several students from the region stuck at Bhuj due to the nationwide lockdown, Banthia facilitated the availability of essential commodities including vegetables to the youths through his counterpart in Bhuj.

Banthia’s initiative came following a desperate telephonic call made by an Arunachalee student to the All West Kameng Students Union (AWKSU) during which the youth informed that he along with several other students from Assam were not able to procure ration and other essential commodities in Bhuj.

The Arunachalee student, who hails from Kalaktang circle in West Kameng district, informed the AWKSU that the local vendors were refusing to sell essential items to them.

The matter was immediately taken up by West Kameng COVID-19 nodal officer Kesang Wangda with the Bhuj deputy commissioner following which SP Banthia was asked to come up with an immediate redressal.

Accordingly, Banthia got in touch with Bhuj SP Saurabh Tolumbia and apprised him of the situation and appealed for his timely intervention.

The Bhuj SP, on his part, instantly met the northeast students in person and extended the required help.

Assuring all possible assistance in the future, Tolumbia also shared his personal mobile number with the students.

Meanwhile, SP Banthia while thanking his Bhuj counterpart has asked the people of the district to inform him of any such incidents.

The district administration and AWKSU have extended their appreciation to both the SPs for their timely intervention.


Damien Lepcha is Northeast Now Correspondent in Arunachal Pradesh. He can be reached at: