NEW DELHI, March 22 - Amidst the coronavirus scare, a group of pilgrims hailing from Assam and who landed in Delhi, were stranded following cancellation of their train. The group was later rescued by Assam Government officials and lodged in a guest house here today.
The pilgrims numbering 23 after visiting several holy shrines across the country arrived in Anand Vihar Rail Terminal here last night to return home only to discover that the North East Express had been cancelled.
The stranded pilgrims who were asked to vacate the platform made fervent appeals to the State Government to come to their rescue. After news was flashed in Assam, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal directed the State Government officials here to make arrangements for their stay. Later, a senior official of the Assam Bhavan told the media that they were shifted and accommodated at Swagatam Guest House here.
Meanwhile, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today declared a lock down of the national capital. Barring essential services, all business and commercial establishments, including shops and markets will be shut down. Private vehicles, taxis and autos will be off the roads while trains and international flights stand cancelled.
Along with Delhi, the National Capital Territory of Gurugram and Noida have also been placed under lock down.