Maharashtra allows man to travel 2300 kms to attend father’s funeral amid coronavirus lockdown

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The Hush Post | 5:36 pm | One-minute read |

Amidst the coronavirus lockdown, the Maharashtra government has shown humanitarian face and has allowed a man to visit his home in Kolkata to attend his father’s last rites. The state transport department has issued a special pass to Anindya Roy to travel 2,300 kms, cutting across three states.

According to a report in New18.com, the 28-year-old lawyer hails from Dum Dum in West Bengal and lived in Mumbai’s Parel since October 2018.

Anindya’s mother called him on Thursday morning and informed about his father’s death. However, since the restrictions on movement were in place, it was almost impossible for him to travel to Kolkata.

Anindya Roy took to social media and narrated his ordeal, urging people to help him reach his hometown by road. Soon the word spread and somebody asked him to get in touch with Maharashtra Transport Commissioner Shekhar Channe.

Roy procured his father’s death certificate via e-mail and forwarded it to Channe. He also called Channe up. Within minutes, Channe issued a special pass enabling Roy to travel through Maharashtra.

“Channe told me I would not face any problem in Maharashtra while covering the distance by car but he was not sure if Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Odisha governments would allow him to travel,”News 18 quoted Anindya as saying.

Roy and his friend Vikash Ojha started the journey from Mumbai on Wednesday around 3pm and entered Chhattisgarh on Friday morning.

“The police stopped our car at the Chhattisgarh border and we told them our story. We showed them the permission letter issued by the Maharashtra Transport Commissioner. They inspected the letter and politely allowed us to continue the journey. They were humble and helpful,” Roy told News 18..

“There were neither any hotels or lodges on the highway nor were food stalls open due to the lockdown. Before starting from Mumbai, we loaded enough food items and water for our entire journey,” he added.

Roy is expected to reach Dum Dum Friday late night.

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