Covid-19: Walking From Nagpur To Chennai Amid Lockdown, 23 Year Old Man Dies

A 23 year old man who had walked for around 500 Kms from Nagpur on his way to his home to Namakkal, Tamil Nadu, collapsed and lost his life while resting at a shelter home on wednesday night.

The name of the man is Logesh Baasubrmani, he is among the lakhs of daily workers and migrant workers who have been suffered a lot by the sudden lockdown for 21-days nationwide and in the absence of sheter, income, food, forced to walk on backbreaking journey to Tamil Nadu from nagpur on foot.

“We were walking for the last three days. There was no transport. Random people gave us food. Someone gave us a lift, like truckers going back after dropping supplies. The police were beating the drivers for helping us,” said Satya, one of the worker of the group.

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The 26 workers who set out on foot to go back to their home on foot was belong to different areas of Tamil Nadu.

The temperature in the Telangana-Nagpur have been flattering approximately 38 degrees for the last few days. All of 26 were carrying at least a back each, with their most important possesions.

When a media met the group on Thursday morning at the shelter where the rest are, they were in trauma and shock. As one of them just died less than in 6 hours in front of them. what happended to lokesh could happen to any of them.

Logesh and the other migrant workers were found by the market yard chairperson in Bowenpally and brought to the Marredpally commnity hall to stay for a night, where more than 170 people, were already sheltering for the past few days, the numbers of them are growing each day.

One of the worker said “They told us you can stop here for the night and by morning, they said they will make arrangements for some vehicles for us to head home,”. He also revealed that some of the workers had taken vehicle and left however some were stopped at Suryapet, some tohers at Jadcherla.

“Logesh was sitting in his place and suddenly he just fell back. We call a government doctor who came and declared him dead. The body has been sent to Gandhi Hospital for post-mortem,” said Akula Balakrishna, a local leader of the area corporator Akula Rupha.

“We just want to go home. Please help us get the permissions. If we get a vehicle, that is great. Otherwise we will just walk home,” other migrant workers pleaded.

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“Everyone says social distancing must be followed. If we stay here with so many people, even if we don’t have the virus, we will get it. Isn’t it better just to send us back home?” Said Satya.

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With transport difficult to come by, the dead body of the logesh was cremated in Hyderabad by his freind. Also, Union Minister of State For Home Kishan Reddy and Home Minister Amit Shah interceded to send logesh’s body home so that his dear ones can at least perform his last rites.

A wonderful serenity has taken possession of my entire soul, like these sweet mornings of spring which I enjoy with my whole heart.

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