A fruit seller in north Delhi’s Jagatpuri, who was looted of mangoes worth Rs 30,000 by passers-by amid the COVID-19 lockdown. He said he feels ‘overwhelmed’ after receiving over Rs 8 lakh in donations from the public.
A clip which went viral on social media, showed while he was away from his crates of mangoes, people came and looted all his mangoes.
In the viral video, it is seen that people are robbing mangoes by stopping scooters and vehicles. Due to this, the road was jammed. He had claimed that he had suffered a loss of 30 thousand rupees.
“Now I can celebrate Eid with my children,” Phool Mia told
“I am thankful to you. You told my story. I am thankful to everyone who has helped me,” Phool Mia told NDTV. Those who had to steal, did so. But I am overwhelmed that so many people have helped me.”
More than a hundred people sent in contributions ranging from a few hundred rupees to thousand of rupees after NDTV shared Phool Mia’s bank account details on social media.
“I can now stand on my own feet and will be able to continue my fruit business and feed my children,” fruit-seller Phool Mia told NDTV,
As per PTI, the incident occurred after a heated argument between the fruit-seller and some rickshaw-pullers on Thusday morning. Phool Mia said he was standing under a tree when a group of rickshaw pullers asked him to leave.
“My stock of mangoes worth Rs 30,000 was kept there. Some persons were fighting with each other fearing which I left the place to avoid any sort of altercation. When I returned, I saw that they were looting the mangoes kept there. There were 50-100 people who were involved in this act,” Phool Mia said
Four men have been arrested on the basis of video footage, police told ANI on Saturday.
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