JALANDHAR/MOHALI, Aug. 24 -- Cut off from their families, thousands of Kashmiri students in Punjab are facing a cash crunch as the Valley remains under strict lockdown for the past two weeks.

"Everyone here is facing monetary problems after restrictions were imposed on August 5. I am not able to pay my room rent now. We don't know for how long the lockdown will remain so I am buying tickets and going home on August 28," said Huzaif Abdullah, who studies in a private university at Jalandhar.

On August 5, the government shut off internet and telephone lines in Kashmir after abrogation of Article 370. Hundreds of students returned to the Valley after they lost contact with their families, but those who decided to stay on are finding it sus...