12-year-old walks 150 km from Telangana to her Chhattisgarh home, dies of exhaustion

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Jamlo Makdam (12), was part of a group of migrant workers from Chhattisgarh who were working in chilli fields in Kannaiguda village in Telangana and were returning home on foot.

Image for representational purpose. (Photo: Bandeep Singh, Group Photo Editor, India Today)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Jamlo Makdam had gone to work in chilli fields in Telangana
  • She and others decided to return home on foot–a 150-km long journey
  • She died 50 km away from her village after walking for 3 days

A 12-year-old girl from Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur district reportedly died of exhaustion and dehydration on Monday after completing a 150-km long journey to her home from Telangana where she had gone to work.

Officials said the victim, Jamlo Makdam, was part of a group of migrant workers from the state who were working in chilli fields in Kannaiguda village in Telangana.

With restrictions imposed due to the lockdown and all modes of transportation closed, they decided to travel the nearly 150-km long distance on foot.

Jamlo and others reportedly started their journey on April 15. After three days of walking, she died on morning of April 18 near Bhandarpal village in Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh.

“The distance between the place in Telangana where she worked and Bijapur is 150 kilometres and she died some 50 kilometres away from her native village. She had a meal on Saturday morning but then complained of stomach ache and uneasiness and died around 10am,” Bijapur Chief Medical and Health Officer BR Pujari told PTI.

Jamlo and others reportedly started their journey on April 15. After two days of walking, she died on morning of April 18 near Bhandarpal village in Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh.

He said her samples have tested negative for coronavirus. “Prima facie, it seems she died either due to electrolyte imbalance, exhaustion or dehydration,” he said.

Pujari said that other members in the group told them that he girl did not eat well which may have caused muscle fatigue.

The health officials have preserved her viscera for further medical investigation.

Meanwhile, the state government has announced a compensation of Rs 1 lakh for the kin of the victim.

(With inputs from PTI)

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