Amid Lockdown Kochi Woman Rides 380 KM To Meet Her Dying Husband
In a heart-wrenching incident, a resident of Kochi, Nagalakshmi, risked her life and travelled to her native place Dindigul to see her husband who was on his death bed but couldn’t reach in time. A panicked and worried Nagalakshmi rode with her brother-in-law Dinachandran all the way. She started from Kochi riding pillion with her brother-in-law on a bike at 4 pm on Wednesday and covered a distance of 380 km in eight hours just to see her husband one last time, as per reports.
Found unconscious after falling from a tree, while working in the farmland, her husband Murugan was reportedly admitted at the Government General Hospital in Madurai. He was working at their ancestral village at Kodanki Naikan Patti in Dindigul district of Tamil Nadu.
- Nagalakshmi and her brother-in-law Dinachandran rode a distance of 380 km in eight hours to see her husband, Murugan, one last time.
- Murugan became unconscious after falling from a tree while working in the farmland and was reportedly admitted at the Government General Hospital in Madurai.
- Even though Nagalakshmi tried hard to make it on time but Murugan’s condition deteriorated and he didn’t survive.
Due to the lockdown restrictions, to contain coronavirus in the country, Nagalakshmi had to approach to Ernakulam District Collector S Suhas to ask for permission to travel to her native place. With the help of a local politician and the police, Nagalakshmi got permission to travel as her husband was fighting for his life. The relatives in Dindigul were worried and informed her that Murugan’s condition worsened.
Dinachandran, who is Murugan’s younger brother, said, “My brother is a construction worker here in Ernakulam and the family had settled in Thevara years ago. He had gone to our native village just before the lockdown and was unable to come back. As we got information about his condition I decided to take my sister-in-law to Dindigul by bike. It was a long journey and the roads were deserted. We stopped at some places and reached the village by midnight.”
Even though Nagalakshmi tried hard to make it on time but Murugan’s condition deteriorated and he didn’t survive. “My brother passed away before our arrival but we could perform his last rites,” Dinachandran added.
BJP’s local leader C G Rajagopal, who helped Nagalakshmi, said, “The family approached me on Wednesday morning seeking help to get a travel pass to Dindigul. The collector first rejected our application but once we convinced him about Murugan’s health he gave the permission.”
In such extreme time, Murugan’s daughter Devi and son-in-law, who are also settled in Kochi and are owners of a shop there, could not attend the funeral. Only two persons were given permission to travel by the collector and Nagalakshmi made the trip to be part of her husband’s last rites.
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