Two 250 km cycles to Telangana, one lives, the other dies

HYDERABAD: Two migrant workers who pedaled out of Gadchiroli in Maharashtra finally reached their homes, but while one survived to tell the story, the other succumbed. The two men cycled about 250 km to Ramagundam, from where they got into a truck that left them near Patancheru, on the outskirts of the city.

While Chandrayya (55) was in no condition to travel the remaining 90 km to Ramgiri village in Kalwakurthy Mandal in Nagarkurnool, his friend decided to move on and finally reached the village after biking about 350 km.

The worker also had liver problems, doctors say.

Meanwhile, Chandrayya, a well worker in Gadchiroli, contacted his family, who picked him up from Patancheru and returned to the village, Wanaparthy police said. The villagers opposed his entry for fear that it would be Covid-19 positive. He was tested and allowed to enter after the results were negative. But soon after arriving home, he complained of exhaustion and died in a government hospital on May 3. Police said he died of a heart attack and doctors said he had a liver problem.