Facing Food Crisis Bengal Migrants Hit Jaipur Street Flouting Lockdown Norms

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While gathering on the street, migrants openly flouted social distancing norms and did not even cover their faces with masks. — Express photo

Migrants were set to march towards the district collectorate to raise demand to be sent back home when Police stopped them using ‘mild’ force

Clarion India

JAIPUR — Thousands of migrant workers from West Bengal, who are stranded amidst the Coronavirus lockdown, gathered on the street in Shastri Nagar’s Nahari Ka Naka in Jaipur on Monday to protest against the food crisis faced by them and demanded the means to go back home.

Poor migrants, as their money exhausted, also showed concern as their landlords continued demanding rent at a time when there is no source of income, according to reports.

The police had to apply mild force to disperse thousands of migrant workers as they were set to march towards the district collectorate to raise demand to be sent back home, saying that they had already registered themselves as migrant workers with the state government and hence they should be sent back home as early as possible.

A few people from among the migrants also got injured reportedly as the police used fore to push them back to their homes

While gathering on the street, they openly flouted social distancing norms and did not even cover their faces with masks.

The police first appealed them to go back to their homes, but workers facing hunger and other problems refused to oblige. The police had resorted to mild force.

Though the administration assured that sufficient ration would be given to them, migrants complained that the ration they were getting was reduced in quantity, reports IANS.

They also demanded that they should be given rice instead of wheat.

Deputy Commissioner of Police, Rajeev Pachar, confirmed that the migrants were from West Bengal who worked as labourers.

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