After pedalling 900 kms, workers from Surat reach Jhansi – relieved, closer home

Written by Aditi Raja
| Vadodra |

Published: May 1, 2020 2:27:30 am

It shall be one other 320-odd kilometres till they reach home, which they anticipate to cowl by Sunday morning. (Representational Photo)
Even as they’ve been biking for the final six days, reasonably than exhaustion, the six migrant workers felt a sigh of aid on Thursday night after they crossed over to Jhansi in Uttar Pradesh district—their home state.

The migrant workers, who’ve began their journey at 2 am on Saturday from Sahara Darwaza in Surat to Fatehpur in UP, amid the COVID-19 lockdown, have lined about 935 kilometres till Thursday night,

It shall be one other 320-odd kilometres till they reach home, which they anticipate to cowl by Sunday morning.

The group which has crossed Guna in Madhya Pradesh on Wednesday afternoon, determined to skip the state verify put up and detour from a hamlet close to the MP-UP border.

“We experienced one near impounding of our cycles at the Gujarat MP border. The officers were kind enough to not send us to some shelter. They told us to go back. So this time, we consulted some villagers and realised that detouring after Kudraya village (in Datia district), about 20 kilometres from Jhansi, will be the best option. We were warned that there will be a thick forest area on the route but we are okay with that,” stated Vikram Rai, one of many migrants.

The group had begun their journey at round three am on Thursday from Kharai village in Shivpuri, the place that they had final halted on Wednesday night time.

“We cycled continuously with adequate breaks from 3am to about 12 pm to reach the outskirts of Karera. We decided to take a break for the afternoon near a local temple, where the pujari offered us lunch,” he stated.

The group stated that they had been questioned by many individuals on the best way and have been cautious about driving collectively.

“In many villages, people asked us who we were and where were we going. In a village, a Panchayat member told us that he will call the authorities to help us. He even offered us a meal but we were so scared that despite being hungry we told him we had eaten. Now, we are keeping a distance of at least 500-800 meters from each other to avoid being seen as a group,” he says.

“At many places where we stopped to fill our water bottles, people curiously asked us about the cycles. They wanted to know where we managed to buy cycles during the lockdown. At one place, a generous village head even handed over some packets of dry namkeen and biscuits to us,” Rai stated.

The workers have determined to by no means return to Gujarat for work.

“This situation has made us realise that there is nothing more important than being with family. My family has a small farm and I will work there,” Rai added.

They knowledgeable their households about their journey solely Thursday, which made the members of the family “angry and worried”.

“My father gave me an earful and my mother immediately started sobbing and asking me to be careful. Later, they also called back and said the villagers are advising that we must be kept in 14 days isolation at a health centre since we are coming from Gujarat. What is the point of undertaking such a long journey if I have to reach home and be in isolation. We are going back to be with our families. I know my father will slap me the moment he sees me, but I am waiting for it,” Rai stated.

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