AGENCIES, New Delhi: A 12-year-old girl who was walking home to Chhattisgarh from Telangana died on Saturday after walking 150 kilometres. According to reports, the girl had left for her home in the Bijapur district in Chhattisgarh and joined her relatives in Kannaiguda village in Telangana to work in chilli farms.
Due to the nationwide coronavirus lockdown she and a group of migrant labourers who worked on the fields decided to walk back home and started their journey on April 15. The group walked for over three days covering 150 km. Reports say the group did not take the road as it was blocked due to the lockdown, instead, they travelled through dense jungles having presence of Maoists.
On April 18, the teenager died of exhaustion and electrolyte imbalance.
In a news agency PTI report, Bijapur’s Chief Medical and Health Officer BR Pujari said, “The distance between the place in Telangana where she worked and Bijapur is 150 kilometres and she died some 50 kilometres away from her native village here. She had a meal on Saturday morning but then complained of stomach ache and uneasiness and died around 10 am.”
She was also tested for coronavirus but the result came out to be negative.
“Her samples were sent for coronavirus testing on Saturday and the report returned negative on Sunday evening. Prima facie, it seems she died of electrolyte imbalance,” he added.