New Delhi: Left with no daily work to keep the kitchen going, thousands of migrant workers had started for their hometowns a day or two after the nationwide lockdown set in. The administrations intervened, stopped them and made them returned which in turn exposed a bigger crisis, hidden under the carpet. A stampede-like situation followed as the buses were arranged to send the migrant workers back to their place. The purpose of self-isolation, social distancing stood defeated as hordes of workers jostled to get a seat in the buses.Also Read - Watch | Punjab Police Urges Women to Make Men Do the Household Chores Amid Coronavirus Lockdown
There were around 10,000 to 15,000 people at Anand Vihar at 9.30 pm on Saturday, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Shahdara) Dinesh Kumar Gupta said. Also Read - Hindu Temple in Abu Dhabi Holds Online 'Satsangs' As Religious Services Remain Suspended Due to Coronavirus
The UP government has squarely blamed the AAP government. It is convincing people that migrants were leaving Delhi as power and water connections have been cut by the AAP government, Delhi deputy CM Manish Sisodia said. In a series of tweets, Sisodia said people at Delhi’s borders were not only those from the city, but also from Rajasthan, Haryana and Punjab. Also Read - COVID-19: Total Cases in India Rise to 1024, Death Toll at 27; Delhi Reports 23 New Infections
“I am very sad that BJP leaders have stepped to petty politics over the coronavirus epidemic. The Yogi Adityanath government has charged that (Chief Minister) Arvind Kejriwal has got power and water supply cut due to which people are leaving Delhi,” he said. It is time to seriously work together to save the country instead of doing “cheap politics”, Sisodia said in one of the tweets.
“Migrant workers tell on camera that they were told that buses will be there at Anand Vihar. DTC buses drop them to Anand Vihar. Some forces want India to fail when India fights corona. Nation will not forgive them,” BJP general secretary (organisation) B L Santhosh said.
BJP’s Amit Malviya tweeted that Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had won the Delhi assembly elections on the support of these migrants by “deceiving” them in the name of free water and electricity but has now left them to their fate in this crisis.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday said the central government has committed all support to migrant workers during the 21-day lockdown announced to combat the coronavirus pandemic. The home ministry has also asked states and union territories to immediately set up relief camps for migrant workers, pilgrims, among others, who are returning to their domicile states or trying to do so during the nationwide lockdown period.
“As per the directions of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the government has committed all support to migrant workers during the lockdown period,” Shah said while reviewing the country’s preparedness to contain the spread of Covid-19.
The lockdown came into effect on Wednesday.
(With Agency Inputs)