Tamil Nadu villagers force man to spend days on the hill

CHENNAI: The government may be telling people not to boycott those who have Covid-19 or are in quarantine, but the basic reality is different.

For the past week, 28 years old, he has been away from his family, living on a hill outside Kannagapattu in.

Guest worker from the Kannauj district of Uttar Pradesh, Ali has been working as a cargo manager at the Koyambedu market after being forced to quit his job at a scrap dealer's shop. He was brought to Covid-19 in the first week of May and was advised to quarantine at home. Since then, the villagers have refused to let him stay in the village.

A father of four, Ali, a resident of MGR Nagar in Kannagapattu for four years, had worked at the vegetable market for a few days.

“The officials located me along with three others from the same town where we work in the market. They examined us and advised us to stay home. When I returned, the locals feared that I might carry the virus and spread the infection. They told me to stay away from the village, said Ali.

With nowhere to go, Shamim took refuge near a temple on a nearby hill. But the villagers prevented his wife from visiting him.

His younger brother Khalil Ali, who lives with his family in the same town, dropped food near him.

Finding it difficult to survive in the desert, Shamim contacted his friend Chand to help him return to his family.

With the help of a volunteer, we contacted revenue officials and sought help for Shamim, Chand said.

Tiruporur Revenue Inspector N Pushpa Rani along with police officers arrived at the village on Saturday morning. “We speak to the villagers and try to avoid their fears. We told them to let Shamim stay home. Later, he returned to the village, ”said Rani.

“It was very difficult for me to stay away from my children. I am very happy now that I am back, ”Shamim said.

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