PATNA—Migrant workers returning to their homes in Bihar are staying in self-quarantine under trees, tents and open fields as the local residents have banned their entry to their villages
A migrant worker from Bihar has self-quarantined under a makeshift tent pitched in the just-harvested field of wheat crops after the local officials refused to admit him to the government-run quarantine centre.
Sonu, a resident of Belchhi village under Ariyari block in Sheikhpura district, had returned to his village on Saturday from Haryana where he worked in factory.
Soon after returning home, he rushed to the district quarantine centre but the officials on duty didn’t give entry to him and instead asked him to go home after his medical check-up.
Quite conscious about the Corona threat, Sonu then visited the local village quarantine centre seeking to stay there for 14 days but here too he was denied entry.
Ultimately, the man arranged bamboo sticks and plastic sheets from the local, villagers and made a temporary quarantine centre in the agricultural field outside his village to ensure none comes in contact with him.
He is being provided food from his family members.
The incident explains the increasing level of awareness among the local villagers about how to fight the deadly Covid-19 which has infected about 1,500 people in Bihar and claimed lives of nine persons so far.
According to an official report, the number of Covid-19 cases has doubled in the past four days.
Another 10 migrants who returned from various Indian cities have self-quarantined themselves under trees in Vaishali district.
The local villagers have prevented their entry to the village suspecting they may be carrying deadly Coronavirus.
“After strong objection from the villagers, we requested the officials to allow us stay there in 14-day quarantine but they refused. So we decided to stay in quarantine under the tree,” Ravi Kumar said.
In Aurangabad district, another seven migrant workers have been staying outside the village in a temporary shelter home made of palm leaves.
“We were asked by the officials to live in self-quarantine but our colleagues didn’t allow us to enter the village. So we are staying in temporary shelter home,” a migrant worker said.
A total of around 5.50 lakh migrant labourers are currently staying at about 8,000 government-run quarantine centres in Bihar. Many have complained they are not getting adequate facilities at these centres.