COVID-19 Impact: Assam Govt Employee Makes Durga Idol From Expired Medicines, Vials

Dhubri: A 37-year-old Assam government employee has created a Durga idol here with strips of expired tablets, capsules and injection vials.

Sanjib Basak, an employee of Dhubri district administration, wanted to make a difference with his creation during the COVID crisis, The New Indian Express (TNIE) reported quoting PTI.

“During lockdown, I had observed that people were queuing up outside pharmaceutical shops to buy essential medicines in bulk. It was then the idea struck me that I could be making Maa Durga’s idol with medicine strips to mark the pandemic,” Basak, who had last year made the figurine with discarded electric wires, told PTI.

Five months and 40,000 strips of tablets, capsules and injection vials of different colours later, he gave shape to his idea.

“Initially, I was worried that I won’t be able to make the idol this year due to work pressure and strict safety protocols. But I managed to create one with expired medicines. Paper, thermocol and board were used to fix the medicine strips to a frame and create the idol,” Basak told PTI.

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