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Bokaro:  Bokaro Man driving 1400 km to fetch oxygen for a friend in Noida

The Bokaro man, Devendra, left for Noida in his car at around 1.30 pm on Sunday when he heard that his friend Ranjan Agarwal’s parents, who work in an IT company in Delhi, could not do it. Find oxygen support and everyone is repelled.

Noida: As the ongoing COVID-19 crisis has created a gloomy situation in the country and filled everyone’s social media feed with sad news, now all we can hope for is some positive news that will bring a little joy. And, the story of a friend who travels 1,400 kilometers to save a friend’s life will definitely bring a smile to your face.

A 38-year-old man from Bokaro, Jharkhand, drove 1,400 km of oxygen cylinder through three states in 24 hours to save the life of his COVID positive friend who could not get oxygen support in Noida, Uttar Pradesh.

The Bokaro man, Devendra, who is a school teacher by profession set out for Noida in his car around 1.30 pm on Sunday after he heard that the parents of his friend Ranjan Aggarwal, who works in an IT firm in Delhi, were not able to find oxygen support and were turned away by everyone.

Devendra said that it was not easy to find an oxygen cylinder in Bokaro, even after he visited several oxygen plants and suppliers in the steel city. He said that he was also turned away by all saying he would have to provide an empty cylinder and only then they will be able to refill it for him.

Later, in one last attempt, he reached out to the operator of Jharkhand Steel Oxygen Plant in the Balidih industrial area, following which, a technician agreed to give him a full oxygen cylinder against a security deposit.

Devendra said that he had to pay total Rs 10,400, for the filled oxygen cylinder, and only then he began his long journey to Noida.

He further stated that he was stopped twice by the police, once in Bihar and again while entering UttarPradesh, however, he was allowed to go ahead after he explained his friend’s plight.

He reached Noida on Monday afternoon, which helped his friend Ranjan recover from his critical condition. Speaking to media about his friend’s condition, Devendra said over phone, “My friend is stable now. I will stay in Noida till he recovers fully.”

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