Seven workers trek home from Jhansi, walk 500 km


 Seven migrant workers from Jhansi, who were rendered jobless by the lockdown, reached their home in Balrampur, Uttar Pradesh after walking nearly 500 kilometres.

The trek home took seven days. They were home quarantined after they reached their home at Khader village near Pachpedwa on Monday, said a PTI report. The workers said they decided to set out on foot they ran out of their saving after 20 days of the lockdown.

Shiv Prasad, one of the seven youths, was desperate to reach home also because of his sick mother.

"We did not have any food with us. But hunger did not deter us. Our only aim was to reach our destination”, he said adding that they had faced difficult situations often but did not lose hope.

They walked day and night, often just getting four or five hours of sleep, according to Shiv Prasad. Local people, and sometimes policemen, gave them food, he said.

“Our only job was to walk. We would rest under a tree when we felt tired and after stopping for 10 or 20 minutes, we started again," he added.

Prabhudayal, another youth in the team, said they had hoped to get a lift from some passing vehicle but had no such luck. He said that he had lost his mobile while he was running after a vehicle.

"We walked almost continuously for nearly seven days, Prabhudayal said. Just the thought of their waiting families egged them on, he added.

Superintendent of Police Dev Ranjan Verma said the seven labourers were screened and then sent into home quarantine for 14 days. A police team is keeping an eye on them to ensure that they do not mingle with others, he added.

The seven are among hundreds of migrant workers who were forced to trek to the native places in the wake of suspension of public transport following lockdown. A few have lost their lives while walking.

A tragic case is that of 13 year old girl, who died due to electrolyte imbalance after covering about 100 kms. The girl, who had set on foot along with 12 other migrant workers from Telangana to Chattisgarh., died barely 11 kms from home.  

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