Students from Africa ‘homeless’ in Ludhiana

Language became a major barrier when these African students started communicating their problem to police and MC officials.

Written by Divya Goyal | Ludhiana | Published:September 7, 2014 4:41 am
Officials at the demolition site. (Source: Express photo by Gurmeet Singh) Officials at the demolition site. (Source: Express photo by Gurmeet Singh)

On road with their luggage were also some students from African nations who were rendered homeless after MC demolished illegal buildings in Pavitar Nagar on Saturday.

Pursuing studies at Synetic Business School on Chandigarh road, the students from Uganda and other African nations alleged that they were never informed to vacate the place in advance and their landlord cheated them by taking six months’ rent in advance.

A requesting anonymity said, “I am from Uganda and came here to pursue BCA. We gave six months rent in advance and now we have been thrown out in a minute. We have no clue where we are going to stay now. How will we find an accommodation in such short time.”

Language became a major barrier when they started communicating their problem to police and MC officials. They also said, “Our country’s government never behaves like this with Indian students or students from any country. We were given no notice. Our landlord never told us that these houses are illegal and now we are on road.” An angry student also warned the Municipal Corporation of suing Indian government in court.

A student Onney said, “We three friends used to live here for months altogether  and paid Rs 9,000 as rent. Now our landlord is nowhere to be seen and we have no place to keep our luggage.”

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