- About 150 people have come to the village from Mumbai and other states, people have quarantined themselves somewhere along the river, somewhere in the fields and elsewhere
- Earlier, the estimated six-seven quintals of fish were sold daily, about 80 Nishad families of this village have a total of 100 boats in the Ganges.
May 21, 2020, 09:03 AM IST
Varanasi. Dainik Bhaskar's Journalist has gone from Bombay to Banaras. On the same route from where millions of people have started walking towards their villages. Barefoot, on foot, on bicycles, on trucks, and in vehicles. In any case, they want to go home, after all in difficult times, we go home only. We are bringing alive stories of those paths to you. Keep reading…
The 15th report, from the village of Sailor population Kathy:
Kuldeep Nishad alias Kallu and Pappu Nishad alias Bheda have been quarantined on separate boats along the Ganges. Both have returned from Mehsana in Gujarat. According to village head Ajay Yadav, both worked at the sugarcane juice shop. Due to the lockdown, his job was lost, then he came to Ghazipur before Ahmedabad and then Varanasi from there.
Kallu alias Kuldeep Nishad, who has come to his village from Gujarat, says that the owner of his 22-day 6-thousand-pay Juice Center did not give up and now he has to stay on this foot after returning from the city.
Some pots were seen on the pontoon bridge on the Ganges river. On asking, Kallu said, he is my vessel. I make my own food by putting cowherd on the keg itself and eat it on it as well. I come in my boat at night and sometimes take the boat away in the river Ganges and entertain me.
However, Kallu has undergone thermal screening first in Mahesana and later in Varanasi. His medical report is normal. Pappu Nishad, like Kallu, is quarantine in the boat. It is said that he was dying for lentils and bread in Mahesana. Here the family and the people of the village help in the village. The government will also give something to the sailors, will we not?
Two hours ago a 40-year-old man from Mumbai was taken by the administration. It is being told that he is a patient of Kovid-19. The local police has sealed his entire locality. There are about 100 houses in this locality. Jhabban, standing at the mouth of the locality, says that about 150 people from the village have come from Mumbai and other states. People have quarantined themselves.
Jhamman Yadav of the village says that the government has not made proper arrangements for quarantine. People are not sure on the system of government. Rather they think that they will be turned upside down and corona in the quarantine centers created by the government. Therefore, as it is understood, he is living there. The families are not even keeping the visitors from outside and these people are also running away from the family.
Jhaman says that TV has created such an atmosphere against the people coming from Mumbai that even the villagers do not want them to stay in the village. Hence the fields are living on barns and ghats.
The village of Kathy is situated at the confluence of the Ganges-Gomti. The majority of the population here is sailors. This village is also famous because of the Markandeya Mahadev Temple. When our driver Raju brought us to this village through the winding streets of Banaras, people were staring at us by seeing the number of Maharashtra on the car. In the village, 40-year-old Omprakash Rajbhar, from Mankhurd in Mumbai, has been found corona positive.
45-year-old Godhan Nishad is considered a very respected person in the village seafarers. He says, before the Corona epidemic in our village, about six-seven quintals of fish were caught and sold daily. About 80 Nishad families of this village have a total of 100 boats in the Ganges. Now a large number of people are migrating to the village. If the government comes forward in the crisis of this lockdown to help the fishermen, the new generation will also be attracted to it and the migration of village seafarers will stop.
A little work is going on to build Kathy Ghat out of this village. Sanjit Singh, a resident of Agra, is living in a thatched hut with four people nearby. It says' I am a resident of Agra, Corona conditions are very bad in Agra. Work is going on along the river here, but the villages are in the red zone in Kathy and Benaras, so we four people live in this deserted river. Have made thatched huts, cooking food on the stove.
Sanjeet says that his mother says that they should go to a lonely place along the river, so they are staying where they thought it right to avoid Corona. Sanjeet says that we do not even let the villagers come here.
Read the rest of the news of this 1500 km journey of Bhaskar Reporters with workers from Bombay to Banaras:
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