COVID Warrior: Ranchi Auto-rickshaw Driver Ferries People Facing Medical Emergency For Free

COVID Warrior: Ranchi Auto-rickshaw Driver Ferries People Facing Medical Emergency For Free

COVID or non-COVID patient, if you are in Ranchi and have a medical emergency, you can call Ravi Agarwal on 8404949269 who will ferry you to the hospital for free
COVID Warrior Ranchi Auto-rickshaw Driver Ferries People Facing Medical Emergency For FreeCorona warrior: Meet Ravi Agarwal, 21-year-old auto-rickshaw driver who is serving humanity by providing free auto rides for patients in Ranchi
  • Ravi Agarwal, a final year student rides auto-rickshaw after classes
  • Free auto rides can be accessed by both COVID and non-COVID patients
  • Often people offer me money but it’s a free ‘sewa’: Ravi Agarwal

New Delhi: On April 15, on a regular afternoon, 21-year-old Ravi Agarwal, an auto driver was waiting for passengers at Lalpur Chowk in Ranchi. At the same time, two women wishing to go to Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) were having a hard time finding an auto-rickshaw. “One of the two women was really sick but because of the fear of the COVID-19, no one was ready to ferry them. I offered to take them to RIMS. At the end of the ride, they gave me Rs. 200 but I declined and instead asked for their blessings. I don’t know what pushed me to offer a free ride. Looking at them, I felt they need to be taken to a hospital urgently and I just extended a helping hand”, said Mr Agarwal while talking to NDTV.

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Though Mr Agarwal had dropped the two ladies at the hospital, he could not stop thinking about them. On the way back, he thought of other COVID and non-COVID patients who need medical assistance but it often gets delayed due to lack of transport facilities. He said,

Auto drivers are hesitant in ferrying anyone – be it COVID patient or non-COVID patient to the hospital. Either there is a shortage of ambulances or they are charging a hefty amount. So, how will a common man access healthcare services if he/she doesn’t have enough means?

That one incident and an unanswered question led Mr Agarwal to initiate free auto ride service for people facing a medical emergency in Ranchi. He immediately circulated his contact number (8404949269) in his circle and also shared it with locals, NGOs, transporters and other people working on the ground. Mr Agarwal who lives in Kokar, Chuna Bhatta, Ranchi offers emergency service within a 20km radius but he also said,

In the case of emergency, I will try to save a life rather than looking at the distance.

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When asked how he manages the fuel cost, Mr Agarwal said, “I also ferry regular passengers and deliver drinking water cans. Together, they bring some money and help me cover the fuel cost. Also, I remind myself that during COVID-19, all businesses are shut. I am not alone who is facing a financial crisis. Together we will navigate through it.”

Mr Agarwal has ferried 49 patients so far. Often people offer him money for his service but he says,

Jaha paisa le liya waha sewa kis baat ka (If I’ll take money from people then it won’t be a service to humanity).

Talking more about his service, Mr Agarwal who is a final year student said,

Since college is closed due to the coronavirus, I drive all day. COVID-19 patients in home isolation call me to take them to the hospital for CT-scan and then drop them back. In such cases, I wait outside the hospital as they get tested. Meanwhile, if I get a call from a nearby area and for a short ride, I take it up else I simply wait. Often people call me to deliver medicines at their home. I use a regular keypad phone so that the battery lasts all day and no one has to hear ‘the number is switched off’ if in case they call me.

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Regarding fear of contracting the virus and transmitting it to his family – parents and an elder brother, Mr Agarwal goes home only at the end of the day, takes a shower and only then sees his family from a distance. He added,

I don’t meet my family because I don’t want to infect them in anyway. My parents are always scared but despite that, they never stopped me from helping anyone.

Mr Agarwal has savings of around Rs. 8,000. He is trying to save some more money and then use it for the benefit of COVID-19 patients. Elaborating his plans, Mr Agarwal said,

I’ll either distribute fruits in COVID wards or get more auto drivers on board to ferry patients and I’ll pay them. There is nothing greater than serving humanity and I am just trying to help people in whatever capacity I can.

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Coronavirus has spread to 194 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 19,89,21,889 and 42,35,871 have died; 6,44,02,340 are active cases and 13,02,83,678 have recovered as on August 3, 2021 at 3:55 am.


3,17,26,507 30,549Cases
3,08,96,354 38,887Recovered
4,25,195 422Deaths
In India, there are 3,17,26,507 confirmed cases including 4,25,195 deaths. The number of active cases is 4,04,958 and 3,08,96,354 have recovered as on August 3, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths

63,15,063 4,869

78,700 3,650

61,03,325 8,429

1,33,038 90


34,25,473 13,984

1,65,834 2,057

32,42,684 15,923

16,955 118


29,08,284 1,285

24,045 123

28,47,627 1,383

36,612 25

Tamil Nadu

25,63,544 1,957

20,385 139

25,09,029 2,068

34,130 28

Andhra Pradesh

19,70,008 1,546

20,582 437

19,36,016 1,968

13,410 15

Uttar Pradesh

17,08,500 24

646 18

16,85,091 42


West Bengal

15,29,295 575

10,803 171

15,00,331 734

18,161 12


14,36,401 51

538 44

14,10,809 95



10,02,458 236

1,918 1

9,87,012 234

13,528 3


9,79,737 1,032

13,318 820

9,60,386 1,785

6,033 67


9,53,704 16

241 9

9,44,509 25



8,24,922 22

251 3

8,14,595 25


Madhya Pradesh

7,91,862 17

132 7

7,81,217 10



7,69,956 14

703 12

7,59,614 25

9,639 1


7,24,917 37

401 34

7,14,872 71



6,45,997 591

8,819 54

6,33,371 643

3,807 2


5,99,162 32

473 31

5,82,395 63



5,68,257 1,275

12,429 213

5,50,534 1,469

5,294 19


3,47,223 23

239 15

3,41,855 38



3,42,198 37

574 35

3,34,261 71

7,363 1

Jammu And Kashmir

3,21,725 118

1,254 43

3,16,090 73

4,381 2

Himachal Pradesh

2,06,369 208

1,304 75

2,01,543 132

3,522 1


1,71,295 90

1,027 16

1,67,118 72

3,150 2


1,21,059 54

944 38

1,18,320 92



99,872 541

9,814 591

88,480 1,120

1,578 12


79,026 304

3,104 12

75,167 292



65,939 350

5,843 200

58,987 537

1,109 13


61,960 6

33 3

61,116 3


Arunachal Pradesh

48,565 305

3,508 167

44,823 469

234 3


40,111 748

12,316 127

27,642 618

153 3


28,004 59

1,300 44

26,130 99

574 4


26,880 126

3,323 131

23,211 256

346 1


20,345 5

57 0

20,081 5


Dadra And Nagar Haveli


15 9

10,631 9



10,207 12

79 4

10,078 8


Andaman And Nicobar Islands


6 1

7,404 1


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