He walked for 200 km before his body gave up. Thirty-nine-year-old Ranveer Singh left for his home in Madhya Pradesh's Morena on foot from Delhi. On Saturday, he collapsed and died in Agra. Singh worked as home delivery boy for a private restaurant in the national capital, news agency IANS reported.
Thousands of migrant labourers and daily wage workers are currently stranded in Delhi's Anand Vihar bus terminal waiting for a ride back home. Pictures and videos of thousands of men, women and children walking back home from various cities across India have surfaced, triggering an outcry with many calling it an ill-planned nationwide lockdown.
According to police, the victim collapsed near Kailash turning of the national highway-2, after which a local hardware store owner Sanjay Gupta rushed to him.
Sikandra station house officer (SHO) Arvind Kumar, said, "Gupta made the victim lie on a carpet and offered tea and biscuit. The victim complained about chest pain and also called his brother-in-law Arvind Singh over phone to share his health condition. At around 6.30 p.m, the victim passed away and local police was informed."
Ranveer had left for his native village on Friday morning on foot. It is likely that exhaustion of 200-km walk might have caused chest pain.
The SHO said, "On the entire NH-2 stretch, UP policemen are present with food packets and water for such persons but Ranveer's death is unfortunate."
After the death, policemen took the victim's body for post-mortem. The autopsy report is yet to be released.
According to information available, Ranveer was working in Delhi's Tughlakabad for the past three-years. He is survived by three children including two daughters. He belongs to a family of farmers and was the main bread winner for his family.
His family has been brought to Agra to take the body back to their village for the last rites.
(With inputs from IANS)