Heartbreaking video shows Agra man collecting spilled milk on road

Amid the nationwide lockdown owing to the fast-spreading coronavirus pandemic, homeless people and daily wage workers, who migrate to big cities from their home towns in search of jobs, are combating hunger for survival as the fast-spreading disease has now created a panic situation across India.

After taking into account all suggestions, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced an extension of the current lockdown till May 3. The condition across the nation is critical now. India’s current death toll from the coronavirus pandemic stands at 423, with the nation reporting 12,456 confirmed cases and out of them, 1,513 people have recovered from the disease.

Meanwhile, a video is doing the rounds on social media in which a man can be seen collecting milk spilled on the road along with a group of stray dogs. Ever since the government announced a complete shutdown across India, several videos of daily wagers or homeless people have gone viral on social media. In some of the videos, migrant workers have alleged that they are fighting for survival amid coronavirus closure.

The incident took place at Ram Bagh Chauraha, Agra, where a large milk container had been revoked on the road- the previous morning. One of the world’s seven heritage sites, the Taj Mahal is just 6 km far from the place where the incident happened.

The video has caught everyone’s attention on social media and several people showed empathy for this man. No one would have imagined that one day we would have to see such an incident. Now, the situation has become so worse that a hunger man has to drink milk with dogs on road.

According to Hindustan Times, the SHO of Itimad-ud-daula police station, Uday Veer Malik said that the man in the video, appeared to be unstable, was accumulating the milk for the dogs and not himself.

“The man (50) lives under the Ram Bagh flyover and sometimes moves to temple nearby. He collects food and other edibles to feed dogs and on Monday morning had collected milk to feed the dogs. The man was not collecting milk for himself but for feeding the dogs after a milkman carrying milk in container slipped and milk was spread on road,” HT quoted Malik as saying.

This heartbreaking video will surely bring tears in your eyes when you see it. You will realize what conditions these migrant workers are facing in these hard times. However, the government is trying its best to provide rudimentary facilities, but that does not seem to be enough.

Writer, historian, and activist Dharam Sikarwar is a very active author The Youth. He writes on national and international issues, environment, politics. He is an avid book reader as well.