A 26-year-old farm labourer, who was walking to his home home in Parbhani district from Pune, reportedly died of fatigue, hunger and dehydration. According to the Beed police, Mahadev Pawar, a resident of Thopte Pandul village in Parbhani district, was found dead at Beed’s Dhanora village on Monday.
The postmortem findings suggest he died due to strain, hunger and dehydration, the police said.
Pawar, who worked as a sugarcane harvest labourer, had already walked 150 km and was 200 km from his home.
His elder sister Kaveri Jadhav, who stays in Vadgaon Sheri area of Pune, said she had asked him not to cover such a long distance on foot, but he refused to listen, saying he was anxious to meet his wife and son back home.
According to the local police, Pawar had left Pune on foot on the evening of May 8 and had reached Ahmednagar district on May 14. In Ahmednagar, he had borrowed a cellphone from a local resident and informed his family that he was on his way home and would reach in a few days. He walked another 35 km on Ahmednagar-Beed road before halting for rest under a tin shed in a farm along the way.
“On May 18, the owner of the shed noticed a foul smell emanating from the shed. He discovered a dead body and informed the police,” said Dyaneshwar Kukrale, assistant police inspector, Ambhora police station in Beed district, adding the postmortem of the body was performed at the site. Doctors, prima facie, said Pawar might have died due to fatigue from excessive walking, hunger and dehydration around three days before the discovery of his body on Monday, Kukrale said. Some documents and Rs 150 were recovered from his possession, said police.
His sister said that Pawar, who was fondly called Pintu by family members, had left his home in Manwath a few months ago along with his family to work at a sugar mill in Shirol taluka of Kolhapur district. After finishing the work, his wife and son returned to Manwat while Pintu decided to visit his sister, brother and parents in Pune.
“He came to us on March 25, a day after the nationwide lockdown set in. He stayed with us for over a month but was getting anxious to go home. When he informed me about his plan to walk home, I pleaded with him and told him that I will pay for his fare once the buses resume. But he didn’t listen,” said Kaveri Jadhav.
His body was cremated on Monday by government officials in Dhanora after informing his family members back home.
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