New Delhi: After returning to their home town from Chennai, they were not accepted well, rather they were asked to self-isolate themselves in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus in the village. Yes, a story of this kind has emerged in Balarampur village of Purulia district in West Bengal. Also Read - ‘Provide Basic Amenities to Workers From Bengal,’ Mamata Writes to 18 Chief Ministers Amid Lockdown
Reportedly, the families and villagers of seven migrant labourers, who returned home after the lockdown was announced, asked them to self-isolate themselves in the village. The villagers asked these workers to make trees their home for the next 14 days during the self-quarantine period. Also Read - West Bengal Man Beaten to Death For Stepping Out to Buy Milk During Lockdown
As per updates from local MLA, Shantiram Mahato, the labourers had returned last Friday and were advised self- quarantine for 14 days as a precautionary measure against the COVID-19 pandemic.
“As they did not have enough space in their homes to maintain social distancing, it was decided they will live on trees for the time being,” he said.
As part of the arrangement, cots were tied to the branches and plastic sheets were placed over them to protect these workers from rain. Moreover, a separate space was marked for them outside the village where they could relieve themselves, bathe and wash clothes.
Not possible to stay on the tree whole day, they were asked to climb down thrice daily to have meals, and for answering natures call. Blankets and clothes were also provided to them on the trees.
These workers had last week returned from Chennai after the nationwide lockdown was announced in the country. Doctors advised them to stay under home-quarantine for 14 days and follow social distancing.
As their houses have few rooms and there were no sufficient space to accommodates them all, they were asked to take shelter on trees. However, as social media got abuzz with their photos and videos, the local administration stepped in and shifted them to a quarantine facility on Saturday.