Mangaluru, April 15, 2020: Two businessmen from Puttur have been living inside their car in Gujarat’s Rajkot for the last 21 days. The businessmen, stuck in Rajkot due to the coronavirus lockdown have been relying on social workers for their meals and are using the toilet located inside a restaurant nearby.
The two businessmen are currently in Valsad. Valsad is Covid-free so far. The two men approached the Dakshina Kannada deputy commissioner, seeking help to get back home. Meanwhile, the Dakshina Kannada deputy commissioner asked the Valsad administration to ensure that proper food and accommodation is provided to the stranded businessmen.
The two businessmen have been identified as Ashiq Hussain and Mohammed Thakken. The two men had come to Rajkot to check the market as they wanted to start a new business there. By March 20, the two men took the decision of returning home as the coronavirus outbreak was increasing.
When the two men were on their way back, their car was stopped by at a check post at Umbergaon in Bhilad. Bhilad is located near the Gujarat-Maharashtra border. The car was stopped as a lockdown had been imposed on the entire country.
"A local social worker named Kashaf Sayyed has been arranging food and medicines for the two of them", said Hussain. He said, "The owner of a restaurant nearby allowed us to use the bathroom and toilet. We have explained our plight to many people and requested them to help us reach home but nobody has come forward."