J&K Man Cycles Home From Mumbai to Meet Ailing Father, CRPF Helps

CRPF shifted Aarif’s father to a hospital in Rajouri, after which he was airlifted to Jammu for further treatment.

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On 1 April, Mohammad Aarif, who works as a security guard in Mumbai, received news that his father, Wazir Hussain, had suffered a stroke and was in a critical condition.

With the nation under lockdown over the COVID-19 pandemic, there was no transportation available. Distraught, Aarif saw no choice but to embark on the 2,100- km-long journey to his home village of Panjgrain in Rajouri, Jammu and Kashmir, on his bicycle.

As his story made the headlines, the Central Reserve Police Force’s Madadgaar, a 24x7 helpline set up by the paramilitary force, contacted Aarif and offered to help.

Father Airlifted to Jammu for Treatment

CRPF’s 72nd Battalion, which is located about 15 km from his village in Rajouri, sent over a team to his house. Arif’s father was then put into contact with a panel of doctors who recommended immediate hospitalisation.

The CRPF team immediately shifted Wazir Hussain to the Rajouri district hospital, after which he was airlifted to Jammu for further treatment.
  • Mohammad Aarif’s father being airlifted to Jammu for treatment.
  • CRPF’s Madadgaar, a 24X7 helpline, helped Aarif’s father get the necessary treatment. 
  • Aarif’s father at the hospital. 
  • Aarif embarked on a 2,100 km journey from Mumbai to J&K to meet his father. 
  • Mohammad Arif with the CRPF personnel. 

Meanwhile, with the help of some local policemen and a truck, Aarif reached Gujarat’s Vadodara and is moving towards Ahmedabad. CRPF Madadgaar says that it is in touch with its group centre in Gandhinagar to provide assistance.

Senior officials told Hindustan Times they believe that coming from Maharashtra makes Aarif a potential case of coronavirus and 14-day quarantine would be essential when he enters Rajouri.

(With inputs from Hindustan Times)

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