Tinsukia: The tales of misery of people due to COVID-19 lockdown is not something new. Kaushlendra Kumar Dixit is one among them. This 58-year-old man had come to Guwahati in March and was scheduled to fly back to Uttar Pradesh on March 24. But little did he know that his journey would turn into a nightmare and he will be stranded 2000 km away from his family.
Dixit’s pain came to light on May 27 when he tweeted: “Sir we stucked since 24.3.20 at Rajkamal Hotel. Swab tst negative on 12.5. I depressed & no hopes for further life here at Hotel Rajkamal & no idea when I will return to Rae Bareli, UP. Pl hlp for migration. Mob 7099399158. Asking hlp from all Assamese.”
Dixit addressed sir to none other than Assam’s minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, who is leading the fight against Coronavirus from the front.
Two minutes later, Sarma replied: “Few days more.”
Talking to this correspondent, Dixit said, I don’t have words to express my feelings and sufferings. “I never used to take sleeping pills. This time I did. It has hardly any effect.”
The last two months is the worst nightmare, Dixit added saying, “I am feeling happy now.” “Mantri ji ne mere tweet karne ke ek minute ke andar mujhe call karke meri umeed ki aas jaga di (minister called me in less than a minute and rekindled hope inside me),” Dixit said.
Dixit added, the minister has asked me book ticket for June 2. “At first sight, I could not believe my ears. The minister, whom I have been watching all over the news busy in Covid preparation, has actually called me, that too, instantly. I never expected this. I am really thankful to Sarma.”
His kind words have given me strength and positivity. “Hope I will soon reunite with my family,” Dixit added.
Sharing his ordeal, Dixit said that on March 24 when I reached Guwahati airport, to catch my flight back home, I was shocked to hear that the flight has been cancelled. “My distress started then and there itself.”
Dixit said, “First, finding a room for myself and a friend who is accompanying me, came up as a challenge. As most of the hotels were closed.”
“Somehow, I managed a room at Hotel Rajkamal at Fancy Bazar area near aloo godown,” said Dixit, who is employed with a government of India undertaking company working in the telecommunication sector. He added, “I had to burn a huge amount of money – Rs 850 per day for accommodation alone.”
Back home in Rae Bareli, my father met an accident and got his hand fractured. “My wife and children continued to be stuck at Gurgaon. I was mentally depressed,” Dixit said.
That was not all, Dixit added that the news of starting of special trains from May 15 came as a relief to me. “But it was a short-lived happiness. The area I was put up was declared a containment zone on May 12 after some person tested positive at aloo godown. We were tested, despite testing negative could not move because the area was a containment zone.”
This time it was even tough to pass every single day as the hotel main gate was locked in the initial days of containment. “As a person with gastric problem, I need to walk after having my meals, but that was also out of reach,” Dixit, said in a low tone.
“Then what, I took it to the Twitter, opened an account, and tweeted minister for help. Initially, it was for medicine, and finally, when I could not hold more I tweeted him to help me to migrate to UP,” added Dixit.
Sarma’s proactive approach has not only has helped this UP man, who’s tweet indicated that he was almost in a state of depression, but has earned praises for him and the state amid this fight against Coronavirus.
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