In a tragic incident, a 12-year-old girl who walked more than 100 km to reach her home in Bijapur, Chhattisgarh died due to dehydration.
The minor who used to work in Mahbubnagar, Telangana as a migrant worker had along with 10 others started walking home after the government extended lockdown on April 14.
The 11 people from Aded village used to pluck chilies in a village near Perur, in the neighbouring state of Telangana.
As the news of the death reached the administration, the officials reached the spot, took over the body for postmortem and coronavirus test.
They also placed the others from the group under quarantine.
According to Andoram Madkam, father of the girl, two months ago a ‘seth’ (trader) had taken his daughter along with the other 10 villagers for plucking chilly in Telangana.
They were taken in a vehicle and while returning on foot, his daughter had complained of stomach pain.
Confirming the news, Bijapur Chief Medical and Health Officer Dr. BR Pujari said, “The sample from body tested negative for coronavirus, after which the postmortem was done and the body handed over to the parents on Monday.”
However, he added, due to continuous walking in summer, without water intake, the electoral balance of the body might have been affected, leading to dehydration which might have caused death.
The post-mortem report is awaited.