Lockdown Trauma: Sacked by Employer, Migrant Worker from Meghalaya Commits Suicide in Agra
GUWAHATI, APRIL 2—Aldrin Lingdoh, a migrant worker from Meghalaya in North-East region reportedly committed suicide on Monday (March 30) in Agra after he was sacked by his employer, Seema Chaudhary, following announcement of lockdown for 21 days.
Aldrin, who worked with Sikandra Kargil Shanti Food Restaurant, committed suicide by hanging himself in his rented house in Agra on Monday night leaving a suicide note and a Facebook post. The incident has created massive repercussion in Meghalaya.
As per report, in his Facebook post, Aldrin alleged that his employer had not supported him financially during the lockdown. He addressed to police official Robin Hibu, who was looking after the welfare of the North-East people in New Delhi, requesting to rescue him from the misery he faced due to the lockdown.
He also stated in his message that otherwise, no way would remain for him other than suicide. He also sought to take his body back to home.
Later, the UP police contacted deceased’s foster parents Quintina Lingdoh and Joy Singh at Happy Valley in Shillong with the help of Meghalaya police.
The deceased is learnt to have left his house in Meghalaya in search of a better life after losing his both parents 10 years’ back.
Advocate Daniel Lyngdoh, who is coordinating with the North-East students in Delhi, said Aldrin had stayed in Agra for not less than a year. He demanded stern action against the restaurant owner. He also demanded for ex-gratia to the nearest relative of the deceased.
The post-mortem of the body was conducted on Wednesday.
According to sources in Meghalaya House in New Delhi, the funeral of Aldrin’s body will be held in Delhi. However, his last wish was that his body should be taken back to Shillong.
Taking the matter seriously, the Chief Secretary of Meghalaya, M.S. Rao, wrote a letter to his counterpart in UP seeking investigation of the incident to know under which circumstances the worker committed suicide. The letter also said that termination from the job during lockdown was violation of Union government’s order. The lockdown was announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself to control the COVID-2019.
The letter said, “This is a violation of the Government Order No 40-3/2020-DM-I (A) dated New Delhi, 29th March 2020 issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs.”
Meghalaya Home Minister Lahkmen Rymbui expressed deep sorrow on death of migrant worker of his state under such circumstances.
The Union Home Ministry has written to all the state governments and Union Territories to take measures to establish relief shelters and provide all basic facilities to prevent the movement of migrant labourers during the lockdown, Rymbui said.
Most of these workers are employed in the unorganized sector and depended on daily wages for their sustenance.
Besides, two migrant workers from Nagaland were allegedly discriminated in Karnataka a few days back. The Mysore police have filed a case against the staff of a supermarket in the city for denying them entry. The manager and staff of the outlet have been detained.
It was noticed in a video that a man was requesting the staff to allow him inside the store. He is heard telling the staff, “I am also an Indian.” But he was denied entry.
(The article was rewritten by Syed Ali Ahmed)