Tamil Nadu Police resort to lathi-charge to stop migrants undertaking home journeys on foot

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Tamil Nadu Police resorted to mild lathi-charge at a large group of migrant labourers, who were found to be undertaking their journeys on foot on the national highway in Chennai to reach their home state, Jharkhand. 

 

The development comes at a time when stranded migrant labourers across the country are returning to their home states amid the nationwide lockdown.

The incident took place on the night of May 8 after the migrant labourers were stopped by the police on the highway.

Police later shifted them to a private hall for a temporary stay.

On May 2, some labourers in Chennai demanded two months payment from their contractor before leaving for their home state.

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.

Though several states have been running "Shramik" special trains for migrants who need to return home for emergency reasons. 

Some of these migrant labourers were forced to walk long distances to their home states as they were unable to find transport.

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 Agency

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