A 50-year-old Telangana woman travelled nearly 1,400 km on a two-wheeler over three days to bring back her son who was stranded in Andhra Pradesh. The woman belonging to Telangana’s Nizamabad district travelled on a two-wheeler to Nellore 700 km away to pick up her teen son stuck in Andhra Pradesh due to the COVID-19 lockdown.
Razia Begum is a government teacher in Bodhan town of Nizamabad district. On Monday morning, she started her journey riding her scooty and reached Nellore on Tuesday afternoon. She returned to her state with her younger son on Wednesday evening.
The 17-year-old Mohammed Nizamuddin was stuck at his friend’s place in Nellore. In the three-day-long journey she was granted permission with a letter by Bodhan assistant commissioner of police V Jayapal Reddy who asked authorities to let her travel. The woman said she was stopped at several places by police that the letter helped her to continue her journey.
While returning to her home, she narrated her story to reporters. She lost her husband 12 years ago due to illness and she brought up her two children alone. “It was a difficult journey on a small two-wheeler for a woman. But the determination to bring my son back overtook all my fears. I packed rotis and they kept me going. It was fearsome in the nights with no traffic movement and no people on roads,” Ms Begum told sources.
“I approached the ACP and sought his help in bringing my son back to Bodhan. He gave me a letter permitting me to travel despite lockdown and also appealing to the Andhra Pradesh police to allow me to into the state,” she added.
The whole country is under lockdown for 21 days which will end on April 14. The move was taken by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to slow down the transmission of the virus which has affected over 6000 people in India. Now it is likely to say the government may extend the lockdown to lessen the spread of the virus.