Andhra Police lathi-charge migrant workers who left shelter home to travel native state

South India

Andhra Pradesh Police lathi-charged migrant labourers after they tried to leave shelter home and started to move towards their native states on Saturday. 


The migrant workers were part of a group accommodated in the relief camp at Vijayawada Club.

According to state Information and Public Relation Department, on May 15, state Chief Secretary Nilam Sawhney ordered to send migrant labourers,who were walking back to their home towns, to relief centres.

After the order, more than 1,000 migrant workers from Uttar Pradesh, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, and parts of Andhra Pradesh were shifted to a private club in Tadepalli. 

“Next morning, some of them having cycles started to resume their journey. Almost 150 labourers reached on the bridge between Krishna and Guntur districts, where police observed their movement and stopped them and used lathis," the Information and Public Relation Department stated.

Videos showed policemen beating the workers with lathis and asking them to go back to where they began their journey. 

As the workers insisted that they be allowed to continue their journey to their home states, police said that they resorted to mild lathi-charge and forced them to return to the camp.

Later all of them were taken back to the shelter home.

Earlier, Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy had asked the officials to provide counselling for the migrants workers who are walking back to their states and accommodate them in relief camps.


With inputs from Agency and media reports

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