Couple names newborn Lockdown

AGARTALA, APR 22 (IANS) | Publish Date: 4/22/2020 9:57:31 AM IST

A stranded Rajasthan couple in Tripura on Wednesday named their newborn Lockdown. The baby boy was born at the Tripura government-run Indira Gandhi Memorial (IGM) State Hospital here in the capital city last week.

After observing the customary rituals at a shelter camp on Wednesday they named the baby as Lockdown. Around 105 people, including 25 children, all nomads and hailing from Rajasthan’s Alwar district, came to Tripura to take part in various fairs last month, but could not return as the countrywide lockdown came into enforcement from March 25.

These people were lodged at a government school and other homes on the outskirts of the capital city. A pregnant 38-year-old woman Manju Devi had to be admitted in the IGM hospital where she delivered the baby boy on Saturday.

“The Agartala Municipal Corporation, Sub-Divisional Magistrate along with the local business community of Rajasthan in Agartala came forward to lend help, including providing food to these people,” local MLA Mimi Majumder told IANS.

The ASHA (Accredited Social Health Assistant) workers also lend their help to the new mother and her baby after they are released from the hospital.

Majumder, who provided baby food, dry food and clothings for the children of these stranded families, said that currently both the mother and the child are healthy after their release from the hospital. “The stranded people were cheerful on Wednesday and after celebrating customary ceremonies named the child as Lockdown. They were very happy after getting all kinds of help from all the quarters,” the Legislator said.

Meanwhile, thousands of stranded people from Rajasthan, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and other states are sheltered in different parts of Tripura and the state government has been providing them accommodation, food and other basic necessities.

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