Two Karnataka men living by car for 21 days in Gujarat due to Covid-19 closure

MANGALURU: From Samethadka and from the Dakshina Kannada district they have been living in their car in Bhilad in Gujarat for the last 21 days since they became the nation.

In fact, they were on a business tour to find a market for arecanut in Gujarat. They had left the Rajkot town of Gujarat after their work on March 20, but on their way back to Mangaluru, they were detained at a checkpoint in Umbergaon in Bhilad of the Valsad district after the closure announcement.

While a social worker in the area has been organizing food and medicine, they have been sleeping in the car. With the extension of the blockade until May 3, they are now seeking help from people's representatives and the Dakshina Kannada administration.

Ashiq Hussain told TOI that a local social worker, Kashaf Sayyed, has been arranging to provide necessary food and medicine for two of them. The owner of a nearby restaurant has allowed us to use his bathroom and toilets. However, we couldn't find a room in any hostel here. Therefore, we are forced to sleep in the car for the past 21 days. We have explained our suffered with many people and asked them to help us get home, he said and added that they have not received any positive response.

Ashiq Hussain and Mohammed Thakeen had arrived in Rajkot a month ago. They had plans to start business in the city of Gujarat. Soon after learning about the coronavirus spread from India, they decided to return. However, they were stranded in Umbergaon near Gujarat - the border with Maharashtra due to the unexpected announcement of the blockade, he said.

Rasheed Vitla, a social worker who is in contact with Hussain and Thakeen, said that representatives of the people of Dakshina Kannada should take initiatives to bring them back to the district. It is his responsibility to help people in the district when they are in crisis, he added.

DK DC sends mail to collector of Valsad district

Dakshina Kannada's deputy commissioner Sindhu B Rupesh sent a letter to his counterpart in the Valsad district of Gujarat requesting food and accommodation for Ashiq Hussain and Mohammed Thakeen. This is with respect to the representation received from Mr. Rasheed Vitla, claiming that two people belonging to Puttur taluk from the Dakshina Kannada district are trapped at the RTO checkpoint in Umbergaon. They are left in their car, without adequate shelter and food. Therefore, I ask you to kindly provide these people with room and board, ”DK DC requested by mail.

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