Nagaon man walks 2,800 km from Gujarat to reach home

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Published: April 21,2020 03:09 PM
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April 20, 2020: A 45-year-old man reached his home district in central Assam on Sunday night after partly walking for 25 days from Vapi, an industrial town in Gujarat 2,800 km away amid nationwide loc

April 20, 2020: A 45-year-old man reached his home district in central Assam on Sunday night after partly walking for 25 days from Vapi, an industrial town in Gujarat 2,800 km away amid nationwide lockdown.



From the sea coast of Gujarat in the west to Nagaon in Assam, Jadav Gogoi - a migrant worker surived to tell the tale - hitchhiked and walked for 25 days.



Reportedly, he began walking on March 27 from the indusrtrial town of Vapi in Gujarat along the highway. He dodged the police in several districts along the route and hitch-hiked on trucks, sometimes for a fee, to reach a toll gate near his home at Gadharia village in Nagaon district.



He had set out with ₹4,000 but was robbed of money, mobile phone and other belongings on the way and had to beg to survive.



It was at Raha of Nagaon district that members of the Asom Jatiatabadi Yuva Chatra Parishad (AJYCP) rescued him. Subsequently, he was admitted to the Bhogeswari Phukanani Civil Hospital in Nagaon.



AJYCP local leader Dibyajit Hazarika told this newspaper they learnt about the man after he had called up his family from Ahatguri in Nagaon district by using someone’s phone.



Doctors said that Gogoi's condition was tired but stable. Hewould have to be under quarantine as he had arrived from outside the State. His swab sample had been sent to a laboratory for the COVID-19 test.