New Delhi: The plight of migrant workers in India came to the forefront as the nation entered a 21-day lockdown and they were left with no other choice but to walk from state to state to reach their homes. However, the Maharashtra Police on Thursday halted to container trucks carrying over 300 labourers from Telangana to Rajasthan. Also Read - Mumbai Local Train Latest Updates: Maharashtra Govt May Restrict Commoners From Boarding Local Trains, Say Reports
Officials were stunned to find so many migrant workers from Rajasthan crammed inside the trucks as they desperately wanted to return home on account of coronavirus pandemic. Also Read - Aamrapali Dubey Tests Positive For COVID-19, Nirahua, Monalisa, And Others Wish Her Speedy Recovery
The two container trucks ostensibly carrying essential commodities were stopped for inspection at Telangana border in Yavatmal district by a team of police and revenue department officials. Also Read - Lockdown in Delhi Only If Health System Collapses, Says CM Kejriwal; Terms 4th COVID Wave 'Extremely Dangerous' | Key Points
“The officials at Pandharkavda toll booth found something was fishy as the drivers could not give a satisfactory answer as to what the trucks were carrying and where. Inside, they found some 300 daily wagers in two containers. Some of them said they wanted to go back to their home state, Rajasthan and could not find any other mode of transport,” the police said.
Action will be taken against the drivers of the trucks, but officials are at a loss as to how to deal with the hapless workers. “We do not know what to do with them. They need to go home for survival. We will take some decision soon,” they said.
In another incident, a group of 27 migrant labourers working in West Bengal’s Hooghly district began their journey on foot for about 160 km to reach Dumka in Jharkhand, failing to get any transport on the way to their homes in Bihar’s Saharsa district. They were halted in Dumka and have been moved to a shelter home until the lockdown period is over.