Mumbai: Social distancing went for a toss when over 3,000 stranded, hungry and offended migrants from totally different components of India thronged close to the Bandra railway station on Tuesday demanding that they need to be given transportation to return to their native locations instantly.
The Mumbai Police, which tried to persuade them from jamming there in such giant numbers, resorted to a light lathi cost when sections of the restive hordes threatened to go uncontrolled.
By 6 p.m., Mumbai Police spokesperson and Deputy Commissioner of Police Pranaya Ashok knowledgeable that “the crowd had dispersed” whereas native police sources mentioned that the “situation is under control, and the entire area would be sanitised” as a precautionary measure.
The gathering — violating strict prohibitory orders enforced all through the state — passed off barely a few km from Matoshri’, the non-public residence of Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray. The incident has sparked a political row.
Coming in trickles, the jostling sea of humanity, together with girls, nearly caught the police unaware and sounded alarm bells among the many state well being authorities struggling to maintain folks indoors and keep away from crowding in view of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Although the explanations for the sudden crowding weren’t clear, there have been some rumours of meals packets to be distributed by native teams and of some long-distance trains being began from Bandra on Tuesday evening.
A number of of the migrants heatedly demanded that they might not proceed to reside in Mumbai, away from their houses or households in numerous components of India with the lockdown getting prolonged until Could Three following the announcement made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday morning.
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They requested the police to make preparations for appropriate transportation services to allow them to go to their respective cities and villages. Congress MLA Zeeshan Siddique tried to calm them down, appealed to them to disperse and promised to take up their concern.
In a veiled assault on the Centre, Tourism Minister Aditya Thackeray mentioned that these migrants don’t have any houses or meals and wish to return to their native locations, however no transport services are at the moment working.
Mumbai Guardian Minister Aslam Shaikh mentioned that Uddhav Thackeray had mentioned with Modi the difficulty of sending the migrants to their houses, however the lockdown has been prolonged now until Could 3.
In a pointy response, former Mumbai Congress President Sanjay Nirupam mentioned: “This was bound to happen. People have no food to eat, they are prevented from returning to their native villages. For how long can they remain like this? The government’s figures are merely on paper. For how long and to how many people can any government keep feeding freely. Is there no alternative?”
Attacking the Centre, Congress state spokesperson Sachin Sawant mentioned that if the PM had given time to the migrants to return to their houses, they might not have come to the streets like in Mumbai, Delhi, Surat and different locations.
“The state government can provide them food, but cannot send them to their homes in view of the lockdown,” Sawant identified.
The Convenor of the Commerce Unions Joint Motion Committee, Maharashtra, Vishwas Utagi mentioned there are over two million migrants caught in Mumbai for the reason that March 25 lockdown, in addition to 3,000 fishermen stranded at Gholvad in south Gujarat.
“They have no food, no work, no homes, no transport to go home. How can they survive? The government machinery is not responding to the challenge and this is a human tragedy in other parts of the country as well,” Utagi mentioned.
Nevertheless, Bharatiya Janata Celebration MP Poonam Mahajan demanded that the state authorities ought to make separate planning for the migrants, which it was not doing, ensuing on this chaos on Tuesday.
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The BJP state Vice-President, Kirit Somaiya, requested the federal government how can such an enormous crowd collect flouting Part 144 (the prohibitory orders)?
“It’s a matter of deep concern. What about intelligence, and why today? The state government must treat this incident seriously and modify its schemes to provide food to the migrants,” Somaiya urged.
Countering this, Congress’ Sawant accused Somaiya of raking up a conspiracy’ angle with out the BJP understanding the plight of the migrants. “Should we say the same (conspiracy) for the Surat and Delhi incidents,” he requested.
Focusing on the ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi authorities, BJP chief Nitesh Rane mentioned tomorrow it could possibly be a (migrant) crowd from the Konkan.
“It’s the angst of the people. Ten people live in a 10×10 hutment in Mumbai. They should be given proper food or be allowed to return home,” Rane mentioned.
In the meantime, an FIR has been registered in opposition to at the least 1000 migrant employees for assembling close to Bandra railway station in defiance of the coronavirus lockdown norms, inflicting a public well being scare, police mentioned.
No arrests have been made but and the employees are being recognized, a Bandra police station official mentioned.
“We have registered an FIR under sections 143 (Whoever is a member of an unlawful assembly), 147 (Punishment for rioting), 149 (Every member of unlawful assembly guilty of offence committed in prosecution of common object), 188 (Disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) and 186 (Obstructing public servant in discharge of public functions) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC),” he mentioned.
(With company inputs)