New Delhi: As the exodus of migrant workers continues, with many forced to return to their native places on foot, five people lost their lives on Saturday, on day four of the 21-day nationwide lockdown which was announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday in a bid to wrest the fast-spreading coronavirus pandemic. Also Read - ‘Shameful to Treat Indian Citizens Like This,’ Says Rahul Gandhi on Exodus of Migrants Due to Lockdown
While four migrant workers lost their lives, and three injured, in an accident in Mumbai’s Virar in the wee hours of Saturday, a 38-year-old delivery agent died due to heart attack on the Delhi-Agra highway in Uttar Pradesh. Also Read - I am Sad, Tweets Manish Sisodia as UP Blames Delhi For Migrant Crisis: A Two-Pronged Emergency As Mudslinging Begins
In the first incident, a group of migrant workers, which was on its way to Rajasthan, was hit by a tempo on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad highway in Virar. The group, which wanted to cross over the Maharashtra-Gujarat boundary, was on its way back from the Talsari check post where they were denied entry. Also Read - Amid COVID-19 Fear, Migrant Workers Huddle at Anand Vihar Bus Terminus in Hope to Return Home
In the second incident, the man, who was working as a delivery agent in Delhi, first collapsed in Agra while on his way to his village in Madhya Pradesh’s Morena. The deceased, who was identified as Ranveer Singh, had walked more than 200 kilometres to reach Agra, soon suffered a heart attack and passed away while he was 80 kilometres away from his village.
Notably, the distance between Delhi and Morena is 326 kilometres.
In the wake of the lockdown, migrant workers have been forced to walk back to their native places-in some cases, from one state to another-on foot, as public transport has been shut as a part of the lockdown. With no work left, they have no choice but to leave, thus becoming susceptible to contracting COVID-19.