Austin Venkat, 37, had come to India to perform the last rites of his father, but got stuck after the Covid lo…Read More

Nagpur: Walking from Guntur in Andhra Pradesh to New Delhi, a 37-year-old Indian-origin IT professional from Britain, who had come to India to perform last rites of his father but got stuck after the Covid lockdown was imposed, was helped by city traffic police to reach the national capital.
On Wednesday, he was sent by train to New Delhi from where he will fly back to his country.
Senior PI (Sitabuldi traffic zone) Vijay Malviya said he came across a well-versed English speaking man enquiring about New Delhi route. “As he was on foot, it raised suspicion and I stopped him. During enquiry, I came to know he was walking to New Delhi from where he had planned to fly back to London,” said Malviya.
The traveller revealed his name as Austin Venkat. He claimed to have started for New Delhi on foot on August 14 from Guntur, a coastal town in Andhra Pradesh. Covering around 800km on foot, Austin reached Nagpur on Wednesday. He claimed to have no money and hence started his journey on foot.
Austin said he arrived in India in October last year to perform last rites of his father at his native place in Guntur. He stayed back for a long time and got stuck due to indefinite lockdown imposed because of Covid-19 outbreak. During this period, he exhausted all his savings.
“To ensure that Austin’s journey remains trouble-free, we also got his Covid-19 test done, which was negative,” said Malviya.
“Later, with the help of railway police, we arranged a ticket for him to travel to New Delhi. We also informed the British embassy about Austin and officials there confirmed that he would be flown back to London,” said the senior PI. Austin was all praise for the city traffic police for helping him to reach his destination in India.


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