NEW DELHI, May 17 - The second batch of stranded people hailing from Assam was today sent to the State in three buses from the national capital after completing all formalities, including medical screening for COVID-19.
Shristi, a local NGO, along with the Assam Bhavan here has organised the trip. The passengers included stranded students, pilgrims, patients and migrant workers, informed Prabhat Baruah of Shristi.
He said they have charged from the students and others for the passage but migrant workers were sent free of cost. The migrant workers also included Santosh Bora who was rescued by the Assam government officials here three days ago after he walked all the way from Amritsar to Delhi and was found in a distraught condition.
Baruah said all passengers had to undergo medical screening by Delhi government doctors. It is only after the medical screening that the Delhi government issues the necessary passes for the journey.
Baruah said more passengers have approached them and they may have to organise two-three such bus trips in the near future.
Shristi and Assam Bhavan jointly sent six buses to Assam earlier and none of the passengers in the first batch had tested positive for COVID-19.
Baruah said they are facing the problem of accommodation for the stranded people, as the Assam Bhavan authorities are not allowing them to stay in the two State guest houses.
�According to our information both the Assam Bhavan and Assam House are vacant right now but they are not being made available to the needy,� he claimed, appealing to the Assam government to provide accommodation to these people in the two State guest houses.
Meanwhile, the case of Ajit Saikia, the first COVID-19 patient of Assam to have died in Delhi, has turned curious as it has now emerged that he may have passed away a few days back but owing to reported miscommunication his family could not trace his body.
Ajit Saikia�s wife Bonti Saikia, who is a cancer patient and was also detected COVID-19 positive, approached the Assam Association, Delhi that helped them trace his body at LNJP Hospital where he was undergoing treatment.