UP Police stops 100s of migrants from entering state

UP Police stops 100s of migrants from entering state

Hundreds of migrants were stopped on Sunday by police in border districts of Uttar Pradesh from travelling to their native places by unauthorised vehicles and on foot during the continued coronavirus lockdown, resulting in protests in some areas.

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had on Saturday directed district authorities to not allow migrants to pass by unsafe means and to make sure that they're transported in buses after 26 workers who were returning to their homes died during a truck-trailer collision in Auraiya.

On Jhansi-Shivpuri border, police stopped trucks and other private vehicles ferrying migrants on Saturday night resulting in protests.

Senior officials reached the spot and at 2 AM it had been decided that the people are going to be allowed to proceed further after undergoing screening for coronavirus symptoms, consistent with Divisional Commissioner, Jhansi divison, Subhash Chandra Sharma.

Haryana officials said variety of buses arranged by the government for ferrying migrant workers to different parts of Uttar Pradesh had to return to Yamunanagar thanks to fears of law and order problem after protests by an outsized number of migrants on the Saharanpur highway.

The migrants, who were reportedly kept during a shelter range in Saharanpur after they entered UP from neighbouring states, were demanding that they be sent home.

Hundreds of migrants who were trying to cross into Uttar Pradesh from Delhi were also stopped at the Ghazipur flyover.

"We are directed to make sure that nobody without proper authorisation crosses the border. there's nothing we will do for these people," said policeman present on the spot.

Anil Soni, a painter by profession, tried to cross Delhi-UP border along side his family when the policemen stopped them.

"I lost work due to lockdown and coronavirus, because people don't want any unknown person to enter their homes," he said.

Accompanied by his wife and three children, the youngest just ten months old, Soni hoped to form it to his range in Badayun in UP.

"I won't come here albeit I even have to beg reception . this is often no life. are you able to tell me what am I alleged to do. Policemen don't allow us to travel ahead and there are not any buses or trains albeit one is prepared to shop for a ticket," he said.

Three container trucks carrying over 170 migrant workers were seized by UP police in Shamli and Muzaffarnagar since Saturday.

The military action came after a minimum of 26 migrants were killed and 34 others injured within the Auraiya incident

"The chief minister has said that directions are given to all or any the border areas to make sure that nobody travels by unsafe means like trucks.

"Directions have already been issued to stay 200 buses under the disposal of district magistrates in every district of border areas. Funds have also been approved to send the labourers by buses. The district magistrates must strictly suits these orders," a UP government statement had said after the accident on Saturday morning.

Meanwhile, BSP leader Mayawati claimed that variety of migrant labourers from UP, who were staying in Punjab and Chandigarh, are returning home through the Yamuna river and it can cause mishaps anytime.

The Uttar Pradesh government on Sunday said a complete of 16.50 lakh migrant workers have already returned to the state through trains and other means of transport.

The lockdown which started on Annunciation to see the spread of coronavirus has left lakhs of migrant wokers without a livelihood, forcing them to return to their native places.

Shramik special trains are being run since May Day for the migrants, but an outsized number of individuals haven't been ready to avail the power .

Buses have also been arranged by some states, still they need been inadequate and lots of people are trekking for many kilometres or travelling in crowded trucks and other vehicles on long perilous road journeys.