Guwahati: When two hearts are meant for each other, no distance is too far and this was proved by a 25-year-old former IT employee who walked nearly 1,000 km – from Kolkata to Guwahati to meet his pregnant wife.
Sandip Roy, a resigned from his position at a Sector V firm to move back to Assam and was serving his notice period. However, the lockdown made his plans quite futile. Worried about his pregnant wife and aged parents, made Roy quite anxious and with no way left he started walking from Kolkata on April 25 to reach Guwahati.
According to a TOI report Roy started walking from Kolkata to Dankuni. There, he paid Rs 1,500 to the driver of a courier company’s van to give him a lift till Bolpur. From Bolpur, Roy walked to Moregram in Murshidabad.
Recalling his journey Roy stated, “Locals saw me walking with two bags on Tuesday. They assaulted me and alleged that I was spreading coronavirus. Thankfully, a few civic volunteers came to my rescue and put me in a toto, which left me on the highway”.
From there, Roy walked till Cooch Behar. Sometimes he would stop ATMs to take some rest. He was not able to sleep at night for fear of being robbed.
At Cooch Behar, a truck driver gave Roy a decent dinner and dropped him past the Assam border, where he was screened. He walked till Fatasil Ambari police station in Guwahati on Saturday to get tested.
Fatasil Ambari police station OC Saidul Islam told TOI: “We gave him lunch and arranged for an ambulance.”
Roy was taken to Guwahati Medical College and Hospital. Superintendent Ramen Talukdar said: “Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme officials will be monitoring him and he has been advised14 days’home quarantine.”
Roy’s wife, Bindu, said,”I am extremely happy that he is back. But we are also worried about his health as he has walked a long way.”