India, March 26 -- When Bhajaman Nayak of Kumbharapipiliguda village in Kalahandi district boarded the Alappuzha-Dhanbad Express from Thrissur in Kerala on March 21 along with 11 others including his brother Harikanta, little did he know of the hardships that awaited him. Nayak, who works in a firecrackers factory of Thrissur since 2012, was packed off by the owner of the factory as coronavirus positive cases started being reported in the state.

"Though our district had not reported any positive cases, my factory owner asked us to go back to Odisha. Luckily we could hop onto the train and found a berth before all train movements were stopped. We reached Kesinga railway station of Kalahandi and took an auto-rickshaw to the government hosp...