New Delhi: Amid growing concerns over mass gathering of migrant workers, a shocking video has emerged from Uttar Pradesh’s Bareilly, showing some men (in protective gear) spraying disinfectants on a group of workers upon their arrival in the district. Also Read - Black Fungus Infection Can Turn Fatal If Left Untreated, Says Govt; Releases Dos and Donts For Covid-19 Patients | Full List Here
In the video, the workers including women and children, who had walked down from Noida and Delhi, were seen squatting on the road as officials spray chemicals on them. Two officials can be seen filming the incident, while one of them can be heard saying, ‘Apni ankhen band kar lo. Bacchon ki ankhen band kar lo (close your eyes, also close eyes of the kids).’ Also Read - Chinese Scientists Discussed Weaponising Coronavirus Five Years Before Pandemic: Report
Mohd Afzal, one in the group, said, “About 50 of us were seating and waiting for food and the bus at the satellite bus adda when some men in protective suits came and began spraying water on us. They said that they were form the sanitization team and were sanitizing us. The children began crying and women were also shocked.” Also Read - Amitabh Bachchan Contributes Rs 2 Crore Towards Covid-19 Care Facility in The Capital
The nodal officer in-charge of COVID-19 in Bareilly, Ashok Gautam, while talking to The Hindu confirmed that the administration did bathe the migrants with sanitiser, chlorine mixed with water, but clarified it was not a chemical solution. “We tried to keep them safe, asked them to shut their eyes,” he stated.
He also justified the step, saying it was necessary to eradicate the possible spread of the disease.