The novel coronavirus has arrived in Bihar not even as an epidemic , but a bearer of hatred and cruelty. an event reported from Sitamarhi district of the state on Monday evening shows how the Covid-19 outbreak has also led to the spread of hatred in society.
A resident of Madhaul village in Runnisaidpur block, Bablu was killed allegedly because he informed health officials about the arrival of individuals from other states to the world . A vigilant Bablu alerted authorities in an attempt to guard his village from the novel coronavirus but he didn't know that it might cost him his life.
Initial inputs reveal that two migrant workers based in Maharashtra returned to their native range in Madhaul village earlier in the week . As per the instructions issued by the government for public consumption, Bablu decided to tell health officials about the arrival of the migrant workers.
This led to a team of health department officials knocking on the doors of the 2 migrant workers so as to gather their samples for Covid-19 testing. The arrival of doctors angered the 2 migrants who after giving their samples to the officials, rushed to Bablu's home along side five others. The group of seven then thrashed Bablu to death for informing health officials about their arrival from Maharashtra.
After word about the villager's death reached the local police, all seven people involved within the assault were arrested. A case has been registered against them under relevant sections of the Indian legal code (IPC) and further investigation into the matter is underway.
In the aftermath of this incident, who would have the courage to boost awareness about this pandemic? Tens of thousands of such migrant workers have managed to return to their native homes in Bihar from various Indian states. The Bihar government has found out isolation centres outside villages with help from local panchayats but migrant workers are refusing to go away their homes for these isolation centres citing the shortage of basic facilities. In fact, the government had also urged villagers to tell health officials about the arrival of any migrant workers from other states.