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Differently-abled migrant sets off on foot and cane to get home 1200 kms from Mumbai

With no food at home and no money left to buy it, Ajay Kumar Saket is now forced to walk all the way to his native village in Madhya Pradesh, located 1200 kilometers from Mumbai. 30-year-old Saket hopes to walk back home – 1200 kms from Mumbai (India Today images)Ajay Kumar Saket, 30, is differently-abled…

With no food at home and no money left to buy it, Ajay Kumar Saket is now forced to walk all the way to his native village in Madhya Pradesh, located 1200 kilometers from Mumbai.

30-year-old Saket hopes to walk back home – 1200 kms from Mumbai (India Today images)

Ajay Kumar Saket, 30, is differently-abled as his right leg is infected with polio. He can only walk using a cane below his shoulder as support to move ahead. But the circumstances have forced him to set off on what may the most arduous journey of his life.

With no food at home and no money left to buy it, Ajay Kumar Saket is now forced to walk all the way to his native village in Madhya Pradesh, located 1200 kilometers from Mumbai.

Saket is a native of Sehdol district of Madhya Pradesh. He stays in Turbhe area of Navi Mumbai and worked and ran a tiny stall to earn his livelihood. Due to the lockdown, he lost his source of income and now with the food reserves empty, he says he has no other option than to walk 1200 kilometres back home.

“I couldn’t stay back here as there’s nothing to eat. I can’t buy anything as there’s no money, so I have started walking towards my village,” said Saket told India Today TV reporter who met him at Navi Mumbai on Friday.

When asked about why didn’t wait for the Shramik train, being run by the government, he said, “I had registered for the Shramik train five days ago, I also got a medical certificate, but couldn’t wait any longer as there was no food and I felt, I won’t survive if I stayed here any longer.”

Soaked in sweat, Saket had covered around 10 kilometers when he met the India Today reporter. He was with a few others from his village and nearby areas. His companion, Shurdin Saket, when asked how will they survive this journey without food, said, “Some good samaritans who saw us walking gave us some biscuit packets and water bottles, we pray to God that we meet such good people during our journey.”

There are scores of migrants from various states who can be seen walking towards the various highways leading out of the city. Most of them have the same story that they don’t have any ration or food left and if they don’t walk now, they won’t survive and will starve to death.

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