Vadakara: Harshvardhan, a Class 1 student at a school here and hailing from Bihar, was among those who had to remain in Kerala for several weeks due to the lockdown. However, the youngster did not lose courage any time during his stay here.
Having realized that the COVID-19 outbreak had led to the situation, Harsh remained calm till he boarded the special train from Kozhikode railway station to Patna in Bihar.
Asked about the first thing he wished to do after reaching his house, Harsh replied: "I want to meet mother and touch her."
Thirteen students and four parents had been held up at Vidyaprakash Public School, Thodannur after the lockdown was announced and Harsh was the youngest among them. He stayed at the school hostel along with his sisters Happy and Saloni and attended classes.
The siblings had planned to travel to Bihar on the day after the lockdown began. Four parents of some other students hailing from Bihar had reached the school to take all the 13 students to their home state. The tickets for the journey too were confirmed. However, the lockdown changed everything.
The group has been regularly contacting the authorities for help to travel to Bihar but nothing happened till May 3, when the students and parents finally boarded the special train.