Hyderabad: Recently, there have been reports of migrant workers stranded in various parts of the country amid a nationwide lockdown to prevent the spread of Coronavirus. Incidents of migrant workers travelling in groups by hiding inside containers and in lorries trying to reach their homes have been reported in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Maharashtra, and Uttar Pradesh.
A group of 122 migrant labourers were caught hiding in goods containers that was travelling to Maharashtra from Bengaluru. The police found them and rushed them to the nearby quarantine centre. Meanwhile, around 300 labourers working at construction sites in Bangalore travelled in lorries to reach Madhya Pradesh after they were asked to leave the city following the lockdown orders. The Anantapur police found them.
A vehicle carrying migrant labourers met with an accident in Hyderabad’s Shamshabad outer ring road on Sunday after a mango-laden lorry rammed into the maxi-truck. Eight people from Karnataka were killed and three others severely injured in the mishap.
In another incident in Maharashtra’s Nagpur, truck drivers left migrant labourers midway after they failed to pay them. The drivers first promised to transport them for free but later asked the labourers to pay Rs 100 per head in order to reach their native places in Madhya Pradesh. Almost 80 people were travelling in the truck. Meanwhile, around 300 migrant workers were found crammed inside a truck which was travelling from Telangana to Rajasthan. They were caught by the Maharashtra police.
Migrant workers have been forced to travel dangerously hiding inside containers and in lorries after public transport was suspended to avoid public gathering and promote social distancing amid the Coronavirus outbreak.