Migrant workers get 'chemical bath' in UP's Bareilly

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The workers who returned from Delhi was sprayed with a solution containing sodium hypochloride in a bid sanitise them. 

A video showing a group of migrant workers being given a ‘chemical bath’ by municipal corporation personnel at Bareilly in Uttar Pradesh has sparked outrage across the nation.

The batch of migrants, who came from Delhi, was made to squat on the road at the bus station and a mass disinfection exercise was carried out by the personnel under protective kit.

Quoting sources, an Indian Express report said that the disinfectant allegedly used in the spray was a solution of sodium hypochloride and water. After the ‘chemical bath’, many of the migrant workers complained of itiching and irritation in the eyes.

Facing criticism for the exercise, the district authorities went on the back foot saying that the disinfectant was not a chemical but a plain solution of chlorine in water.

However, Bareilly district magistrate Nitish Kumar, said he will look into the reports regarding the chemical bath. “We have already taken cognizance of the video doing rounds on social media. All those who were allegedly given the chemical bath are being treated under the supervision of Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of Bareilly,” he added.

He explained that the Bareilly Municiapl Corporation and Fire Brigade department were mandated to sanitize the bus carrying the migrants. “But in order to take a proactive approach, they took this step. Action has been initiated against those who were involved in the exercise,” said the Bareilly DM.

As per an estimate, over 25,000 migrant workers from Bareilly have arrived in the district from Delhi and other parts of the country following declaration of lock down (with inputs from agencies).

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