Case against activist, journalist over Mumbai migrants gathering


The Mumbai Police have arrested an activist and registered an FIR against a journalist in a case related to spreading of rumours which led to migrant workers gathering outside Bandra railway station on Tuesday. One person has been arrested in connection with the case.

Activist Vinay Dubey, a resident of Navi Mumbai, has been accused of instigating migrants with social media posts like "Chalo Ghar Ki Ore (let's head home). He uploaded a video on social media asking migrant workers from North India to gather at Kurla Terminus on April 18 to demand that they be sent back to their native place.

Dubey, who was booked under sections 117, 153(a), 188, 269, 270, 505(2) of the Indian Penal Code, and Section 3 of Epidemic Diseases Act, has been remanded to police custody till April 21.

The FIR has been filed against Rahul Kurlkarni, a journalist from Marathi news channel for running news about a special train running for migrant workers. Reports said that Kulkarni had run the news based on a communication related to internal planning of South Central Railway to assess demand for train services by misinterpreting it as a decision to run special trains for migrant workers.

There is no such proposal and all passenger trains stands cancelled till the end of the second phase of the nationwide lockdown on May 3, 2020.

Following the rumours sparked by these reports, over 1,500 migrant labourers assembled outside the Bandra railway station on Tuesday, demanding train service to go back to their native places triggering coronavirus scare. The city police had to resort to force to disperse them (with inputs from agencies)

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