Locals turn good samaritans, come forward to help, provide food to hungry people stranded at state borders – India Today

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People across the country are coming forward to help the stranded labourers at the borders and with the cities. Images of community kitchens and food distribution are coming from several states proving that people are doing the much-needed task while keeping all the safety measures amid the spread of the deadly Covid-19 epidemic.

As labourers are going back to their homes – with nothing to eat and miles to walk to reach their destinations – some good samaritans have come out to help them.

On Saturday morning, scores of locals distributed food and water to the needy outside Gurdwara Bangla Sahib in Connaught Place. The poor people were trying social distancing while receiving the food and were sitting at least a metre away from each other, consuming their meals.

Civil society groups are not only helping migrants, but they are also providing them with food and other essentials also. Social Activist Dr. Bhanu Pratap Singh led a group of people to distribute food among needy people. He also created awareness among police personnel about Covid19 in Rohini area.

Police stations including Nazafgarh police station staff provided food packets, milk, mask and served it to needy families at the Najafgarh police station.

East District additional CP, Sanjay Sehrawat, said, “I was very emotional to see migrants at National Highway 24. I have decided to help them and gave them things to eat.”

Religious institutions including Sriram Vatika Hanuman Mandir chief popularly known as ‘Machaan Wale Baba,’ is currently serving 500 hungry people on daily basis. “If the government provides some help, we can manage food for thousands,” said the temple Mahant.

According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), there are 918 confirmed cases of Coronavirus cases in the country and 19 fatalities have been reported.

Meanwhile, Delhi Police came to the rescue of a 73-year-old woman who neither had food nor money to buy groceries due to the coronavirus lockdown, officials said.

“At 1.30 pm, SHO Harebdra Singh received a call from Mehrauli resident Ritu Menon, who told him that she was helpless as her son, who lives in London, could not send her money due to the current crisis. The beat staff immediately reached her with all essential items like flour, rice, sugar and oil,” Deputy Commissioner of Police (South) Atul Kumar Thakur said.

“The septuagenarian was also given financial help to meet her daily requirements and was told to approach the police in case of any emergency,” he added.

(With agency inputs)

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