A person working at Ahmednagar had to walk for over 135 kilometres from Nagpur to reach his home in Saoli teshil of Chandrapur district following the travel ban due to coronavirus scare. He was rescued by Sindewahi police some 25km from his village.
Narendra Shelke is resident of village Jambh in Saoli tehsil and works as a laborer at a sugar factory in Ahmednagar. The 7-day lockdown announced by chief minister Uddhav Thackeray from Tuesday caught all the laborers off guard. Being desperate, the labourers from Nagpur along with Shelke took a private vehicle immediately and started for Nagpur on Tuesday morning. However, by that time PM Modi had announced national lockdown. As their taxi reached Nagpur on Tuesday night, the entire nation went into complete lockdown.
PSI Gopichand Nerkar, who rescued Shelke in Sindewahi, informed that labourers from Nagpur went to their home and taxi returned to Ahmednagar. Shelke was left stranded in Nagpur. Having failed to find any help and nobody to give him a lift, Shelke decided to walk back home during wee hours of Wednesday.
He took Nagpur-Nagbhid road and started walking towards his destination. He was intercepted by police in Umred. The cops helped him get a lift in a truck but it took him for just a few km and again he was dropped, PSI Nerkar quoting Shelke informed.
Shelke again began to walk on foot towards his destination and reached Sindewahi tehsil headquarter still 25km away from his village by late in the night. He had travelled over 135km on foot by the time cops stopped him at Shivaji Chowk in Sindewahi. As an exhausted Shelke narrated his woe, police took him to a local rural hospital and brought him some food from their home, said PSO, Sindewahi Nishikant Ramteke.
He stated Shelke survived on just water for two days after starting from Ahmednagar. As soon as he recovered his strength, police took the help of local NGO and arranged his transport to village Jambh in Saoli teshil, Ramteke said.
Sindewahi police informed the local authorities in Saoli about Shelke’s arrival and he was put into home quarantine immediately after arrival at his village, Ramteke said. Shelke himself could not be contacted.
(With inputs from timesofindia)