09 April 2020
Jajpur: Over a fortnight after Prime Minister Narendra Modi's announcement of the 21-day lockdown, India still struggles to contain the spread of the coronavirus. As the PM calls the situation a "social emergency", hinting at an extension of the lockdown, panels and committed appointed by the state governments seem to favour the motion.
Stuck in the lockdown are several people devoid of any income and far from home.
Jajpur’s Mahesh Jena works in a private firm at Maharashtra. Prior to and even after the lockdown was enforced, Jena tried many ways to return home but failed. But his grit and determination even failed the restriction.
Taking a bicycle, Jena cycled for over 1000 kilometres to his residence in Bhanra village under Bari in Jajpur district. It took him eight days and several stops to finally reach his home. His resolution has become the talk of the town and won accolades from all corners.
Meanwhile Jajpur Block Development Officer (BDO) Saurav Chakrabarty immediately put Jena in mandatory 14-day quarantine at Abdalpur Quarantine Centre. “Our medical team has inspected him. Once the 14-day period is over, he will be let back to his family,” said Chakrabarty.