TANGLA: The struggle for food and livelihood amid the fight against the novel coronavirus pandemic have worst hit the poor and downtrodden class. The Dibrugarh based ‘New Guria Circus’ group one of the oldest circus group of state with their 28 performers and crew presently stranded in Kokrajhar district are also starving for food with their run out of funds. The workers and performers are at Balajan Tinali in Kokrajhar when they were asked to shut down in the wake of rising cases of COVID-19 in the country.
“We were already facing revenue losses and financial crisis and had to borrow money to sustain the circus by mortgaging my van, but after the lockdown has been enclamped dead bells have started ringing over us with dark clouds of uncertainty looming large,” said the owner of the Circus, Babul Islam.
Kokrajhar Revenue Circle Officer, Dipan Barman taking cognizance of the fact have extended his helping hand by providing bags of rations and food items to the group.
“It was the call of my duty and social responsibility and after it came to my notice that the members of the circus group are stranded and they exhausted their rations and funds, I sought the co-ordination of Kokrajhar Merchants Association and they were happy to help them, I also provided packets of biscuits and chocolates to the children of the female performers,” Barman told The Sentinel.
“Our ration ended couple of days back and since then, we were forced to seek help of locals. We are grateful to the Kokrajhar district administration for extending their helping hand with ration and vegetables at this hour of crisis. Even the owner of the circus is unable to travel due to the lockdown,” said a women performer of the circus. “The lockdown has now left us with no revenue. We understand that the circumstances are unavoidable but I request the government to think of performing artistes like us,” she added.