By SHEFA RAFI
Reaching out to stranded 37 orphaned Muslim students hailing from Bihar, two district collectors bordering Tamil Nadu and Kerala helped them reach their school hostel at Malappuram. The students, who were returning to their native place following summer vacation got stranded in Chennai Central railway station due to nation wide lockdown and train services were paralysed.
Getting to know about their plight, Students Islamic Organisation (SIO) members reached out to help them in sheltering before they were sent them back to Kerala. But, they were stopped at the Tamil Nadu-Kerala border. Following which, the Coimbatore Unit of Jamat-e-Islami Hind made arrangements for their stay at Peace Village Charitable Trust at S. Nagur at Nadupuni village in Pollachi.
Meanwhile, Coimbatore District Collector K Rajamani was informed about the pathetic plight of the students, who have expressed their desire to return back to the school hostel until things materialised due to Coronavirus spread. As such, Pollachi Sub Collector Vaidyanathan was asked to provide protection to the orphaned students.
Acting on a plea from Jamat-e-Islami Hind, Coimbatore district collector spoke to his Kerala counterpart in helping the stranded students return back to Malappuram. After series of discussions, Palakkad District Collector D Balamurali permitted the stranded students to reach their school hostel at Thuvoor. And the Pollachi Sub Collector Vaidyanathan helped the students by providing protection to cross the Tamil Nadu-Kerala border. JIH members thanked police sub inspectors Senthilvel and Michael for their gesture.
But for the efforts taken by K.S. Abdul Rahman (General Secretary, Welfare Party of India), JIH president P.S. Umar Farook, M.S. Sabeer Ali (District Secretary, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, Coimbatore), M. Abdul Hakkim (PRS, JIH, Coimbatore), Peer Mohammed (Dawah Secretary, JIH Coimbatore) and C.A. Abdul Hakim (Zonal Secretary, Coimbatore Central) and the help rendered by JIH, Malappuram unit, the students wouldn’t have reached their school back.