Migrant workers gather in Kerala’s Ernakulam district; Police resort to lathi-charge

South India

Kerala Police resorted to mild lathi-charge in Koothattukulam area of Ernakulam District on Thursday to disperse protesting migrant labourers.


The Migrant workers were holding a demonstration demanding that they should be sent back to their native places. 

They protested in the morning around 7, at a private bus stand in Koothattukulam. However, no case has been filed against anyone.

This comes after, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) granted the permission for movement of the stranded people, including migrants labourers, workers, students, tourists, and provided the procedure for the same.

On May 1, the Union Home Ministry had issued an order allowing the use of trains for ferrying migrant workers, pilgrims, tourists, students and other persons stranded due to the nationwide lockdown.

Kerala government-headed by Pinarayi Vijayan has made special arrangements to send back the migrants to their native places. 

In the last few days, several Shramik trains carrying migrants and stranded people have left Kerala to different parts of the country.

The first special train carrying migrant workers to Bhubaneswar in Odisha left from Aluva railway station in Kerala on May 1.
Starting from March 24 midnight, India was under lockdown to curb the spread of novel coronavirus. The lockdown, effective March 25, is supposed to end on April 14. 

However, on April 14, in an address to the nation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that the 21-day national lockdown has been extended till May 3.

On Friday, the Centre again extended the ongoing nationwide lockdown for two more weeks with effect from May 4 till May 17 while allowing different sets of relaxations in red, orange and green zones.

With inputs from ANI

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