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Coronavirus: Landlord evicts teen over regular flu, Bhaichung Bhutia to the rescue

Former Indian football captain Bhaichung Bhutia has come to the rescue of a 18-year-old woman who was forcefully evicted by her landlord.

Coronavirus: Landlord evicts teen over regular flu, Bhaichung Bhutia to the rescue
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The Bridge Desk

Published: 18 April 2020 6:59 AM GMT

He had set an example when he opened his doors for the daily wage workers stuck in Sikkim during the country-wide lockdown issued to contain the novel coronavirus.

Now, former Indian football captain Bhaichung Bhutia has come to the rescue of a 18-year-old woman who was forcefully evicted by her landlord in Siliguri on April 2nd.

Athena Limbu, who hails from Dikchu in North Sikkim, had come to Siliguri for a job at a call centre. She had rented an accomodation with two of her friends but even before she could start at her new job, the country-wide lockdown had been issued to contain the novel coronavirus. As a result, Athena was stuck in Siliguri.

However, the teenager fell sick towards the start of the month. She had a high fever accompanied with headaches, symptoms which indicated Covid-19. On getting to know about this, the landlord decided that it was no longer safe to keep Athena in the house.

When Bhaichung heard about the incident, he immediately made arrangements for Athena to be admitted in a hospital where the doctors confirmed it was just regular flu. Despite that, though, she was not allowed to step back into her flat.

Consequently, Bhaichung moved to lodge an official complaint against the landlord at Pradhan Nagar police station in Siliguri on Thursday night.

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"There should be zero tolerance against such cases of discrimination," Bhutia said in his complaint. "She was asked to leave her rented room in Pradhan Nagar, Siliguri, when she had a fever. She was left outside her house for three to four hours with no help."

"The doctor, in writing, informed that it was only the regular flu. She was asked to return on April 14 after the lockdown was over, but the landlord later denied her entry to the rented accommodation. She was asked to pay the rent and leave," he alleged.

Hiren Dey, the landlord in question, has, on his part, refuted the allegations straight away, saying that three women lived as tenants at his place and all of them left after the lockdown was announced.

Also read: Coronavirus: Bhaichung Bhutia offers shelters to migrant workers amid lockdown

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