13 girls stuck midway amid lockdown, calls CM at midnight; reach home safely
Kozhikode: When a group of people, including 13 girls, decided to call Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan at 1.30 am Wednesday as a last resort, they were afraid whether he would shout at him. They were travelling to Kerala from Hyderabad and were stuck in the middle of nowhere. When no other ways came to mind, they called the chief minister. But the call was picked up in the second ring itself and they heard the chief minister's caring sound. He asked about the issue and resolved it as fast as possible.
Kozhikode Puthiyappa native M R Athira, a staff of Hyderabad Tata Consultancy Service, who was among the group, said that they would never forget how the chief minister boosted their confidence when they were stuck on the Kerala-Karnataka border at Tholpetty in the late hours.
The 14-member group set out to Kerala in a Tempo Traveller on Tuesday by 7 am. The driver had promised to take them to Kozhikode, but he changed mind after the lockdown was announced at night. He said that he will take them till Kerala border only and they have to board any other vehicle and continue the journey.
By that time they were about to reach Muthanga checkpost. As it was not safe to alight at the forest region in Muthanga during midnight, they decided to go to Tholpetty. During these hours, they kept calling many people for help. Though they contacted some higher officials they knew, no help was offered. It was already 1 am. As all other ways were closed, some of the group suggested to contact the chief minister. Thus Athira contacted the chief minister with tension.
But the CM gave them directions and pacified them. He asked to call Wayanad collector and SP and also gave their phone numbers. He also assured that he will direct the collector and SP to do the needful. They first contacted the connected with SP and he promised that an alternate facility to continue the journey will be arranged by the time they reach Tholpetty.
Once the group reached Tholpetty, they washed hands and checked temperature. Within 20 minutes, Thirunelli SI AU Jayaprakash arrived with a vehicle. All 14 members of the group reached their houses safely by Wednesday morning. Sharing the experience, Athira said that Pinarayi Vijayan's promise that the government is with us is absolutely true.