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Don’t malign us: Nanded pilgrims

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Karam Prakash

Tribune News Service

Patiala, May 5

The vilification of Hazur Sahib returnees, who have tested positive for Covid-19, say it has been disheartening to see people blaming them for the sharp spike in cases in Punjab.

'it's disheartening'

At Nanded, all prilgrims remained on the gurdwara premises. I don't know from where we contracted the virus. It is disheartening to see people blaming us for the spike, especially in these testing times. — 22-year-old patient in Patiala

Under treatment at Government Rajindra Hospital here, they say they didn't let the virus spread further but still they were being blamed.

Everyone was stuck at the gurdwara in Nanded after the lockdown was announced, the pilgrims say. After spending two months inside the gurdwara, they came directly to Punjab. So, they are unaware of the source of the infection.

A few tests were conducted there, but they are not sure whether or not the tests were for Covid-19.

A 22-year-old patient from Samana says, "No pilgrim showed negligence during screening and testing, here. At Nanded, we remained on the gurdwara premises. I don't know from where we contracted the virus. It is disheartening to see people blame us for the spike, especially in these testing times."

An elderly woman, who is also under treatment, says that instead of playing the blame-game, people ought to stand united in the unprecedented times.

"In difficult times, people should support one another. A majority of the pilgrims are old who needed help and the government did come to their rescue. I don't know from where I got infected, but I won't blame anyone for this," she adds.

One of the bus drivers, who brought the pilgrims back, said he did not regret getting infected while bringing back the pilgrims. "I consider myself lucky to serve the pilgrims. It is wrong to vilify the pilgrims. In 14 days, every Nanded returnee will be healthy and return home."



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