Siliguri: Aklima Bibi and her husband Ataur Rahman, who left Assam to work as daily-wage labourers in neighbouring north Bengal, are eagerly waiting to return home in a state government vehicle soon amid the easing of lockdown restrictions, which were enforced to contain the spread of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak.It is a privilege stranded migrants seldom enjoy. The Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress government in Bengal has, however, decided to make an exception because the couple will be carrying Covid, their first child born on Sunday morning, back home.The state government will bear all the hospital expenses for the birth of Covid in a bid to celebrate Mother’s Day on Sunday.Bibi (21), who was in her advanced stage of pregnancy, was stopped, along with her husband and some other labourers, on Sunday, when they were found trying to sneak into Assam on the back of a truck. Police personnel, who had stopped the vehicle at Ethelbari checkpoint in Bengal’s Alipurduar district, and some healthcare staff rushed Bibi to Birpara General Hospital in central Dooars, as she was writhing in labour pain. The doctors and nurses at the hospital named the baby boy Covid after the raging pandemic… Read full this story
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