New Delhi: “It is impossible for this court to monitor who is walking and not walking”, said the Supreme Court, while dismissing a petition seeking direction to the Centre to provide migrants food, transportation and shelter. Also Read - Preksha Mehta's Suicide Update: Father Says She Was Upset Over Lockdown And Was Never Pressurised For Marriage
Filed by lawyer Alakh Alok Srivastava, the petiton also raised of issue of 16 migrant workers who were crushed to death by a train in Aurangabad last week. Also Read - Unprecedented Measures Taken For Unprecedented Crisis, Centre Tells Supreme Court During Hearing on Migrants' Plight
Dismissing the petition, a bench of Justices L Nageswara Rao and Sanjay Kaul, sternly asked,”How can we stop them from walking? How can anyone stop this when they sleep on railway tracks?” Also Read - Madhya Pradesh Imposes Rs 2,000 Fine on Migrant Workers And Others Violating Home Quarantine Amid COVID-19
The Centre, on the other hand informed that top court SC that arrangements had been made for the migrants for their safe return. “The migrants must have patience to wait for their turn”, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta told the court.
With few transportation options available, thousands of migrant labourers across the country have resorted to walking towards their hometowns amid the lockdown. The Indian Railways started to run the Shramik Special train from May 1 to ferry the stranded migrant workers, students, pilgrims and tourists across the country.