The heart-wrenching video shows man collecting the milk from the road, throw stones away from stray dogs drinking it.
Agra| As India strengthens herself for extended lockdown, an extremely sad video of a man scooping milk that was spread on road at Ram Bagh crossing in Agra went viral.
The visuals of the hungry man collecting milk while the stray dogs feed on it speak of the volume of distress amongst the poor of this nation.
The visuals are from Agra’s Ram Bagh Chauraha when a large milk-container overturned, spilling a stream of milk down the road, just 6 km from the magnificent Taj Mahal.
The SHO of Itimad-ud-daula police station, Uday Veer Malik verified the incident but said that man, believed to be mentally unstable, is fond of feeding the dogs and was collecting milk to feed the strays.
“The man (50) lives under the Ram Bagh flyover and sometimes moves to temple nearby. He collects food and other edibles to feed dogs and on Monday morning had collected milk to feed the dogs,” said Malik.
“The man was not collecting it for himself but for feeding the dogs after a milkman carrying milk in container slipped and it was spread on road,” he added. The man lives alone with no family or relatives.
The lockdown declared by PM Narendra Modi last month which will continue until May 3, has pushed lakhs of people across the nation into poverty and even hunger.
The lockdown came nearly 2 months after India reported its first COVID-19 case and almost 3 months after the virus emerged in China.
The lockdown triggered a fear of hunger which led to an exodus of hundreds of thousands of migrant workers and their families back to their villages last month, many on foot. A few of them lost their lives while walk towards their homes.
COVID-19 cases in India have surged to 13,387 including 437 deaths, according to the health ministry figures released on Friday morning.
The total cases include 11,201 active cases,1,749 cured or discharged and 1 migrated.