Keonjhar, March 30(Local Wire): Several camel owners from north Indian states like Uttar Pradesh and others are now fleeing Odisha during the lock down as their only source of income which used to flourish in Puri has gone for a toss.
Several of the aggrieved camel owning migrants, marred by the least business prospects have now headed towards their home land in a desperate move despite challenges galore.
Many of them were spotted along the National Highway-20 in the Keonjhar district of Odisha.
“After lockdown, the seashore became deserted. We have embarked on our journey on Monday and don’t know when we will reach home which is situated about 1000 kms away from Puri ” said Shyam, a camel owner.
Many of the migrants are traveling with their camels without food and water, as most of the shops and dhabas are closed on the NH.
Many of them have run out of hard cash and relying on help from the locals for their journey and survival.
Similarly two migrated families from Rajasthan with their two kids are staying in a tent near Ghuturu village under Sadar block waiting for help after their business was shut down due to lockdown.
They were earlier making idols from plaster of paris. Now they are stuck in the area struggling for food and shelter.