Migrant employees, households being fleeced as many spend life financial savings to go dwelling

Soaked in sweat and with not an additional inch to reposition themselves, a gaggle of round 40 to 45 migrant employees from Uttar Pradesh, huddled collectively in a truck, had been on their option to their native place when the Navi Mumbai Police intercepted their automobile on Friday evening.

A younger mom of two, tugging her one-year-old tightly to her chest didn’t understand how will they handle to journey 1,700 km to their native in Siddharthnagar district of Uttar Pradesh which by street on a automobile may take wherever between five-six days.

Many of those migrants had collected their life financial savings of round Rs 3,000 to five,000 and handed it over to the truck driver who had promised them to take them to their villages. A few of them had even borrowed cash so they might pay up the quantity.

Nand Kumar had simply arrived in Mumbai to make a residing and began working in a textile unit a fortnight earlier than the lockdown as a consequence of coronavirus was introduced.

He was additionally within the group of migrant employees duped by the trucker ready on the roadside whereas his spouse along with her year-old toddler was nonetheless contained in the truck’s container.

Chatting with India Right this moment TV staff, he stated “I arrived in Mumbai only a fortnight earlier than the lockdown was introduced and had been working within the textile unit. As a result of lockdown, we have no work or cash so, we determined to go away on this truck going to Siddharthnagar.”

He added, “I paid Rs 6,000 to the truck driver for the journey. I used to be compelled to go away as I had no cash left with me and needed to borrow this cash in order that I may depart for my native place. We had registered [for Shramik special trains] but it surely was taking very lengthy and I had no clue once we will likely be allowed to journey so we determined to go on this truck. I paid him Rs 6,000 and Rs 1,000 was to be paid after reaching Siddharthnagar.”

Unable to deal with no wages, starvation, and uncertainty amid the coronavirus disaster which has affected over 56,000 folks in India, there are a whole lot and hundreds of migrants like Nand Kumar who might be seen strolling in direction of the Mumbai-Agra freeway, making an attempt to make it to their respective villages, some so far as 1,800 km.

The group of migrants on the truck had been fleeing from Mumbai, the identical metropolis to which they’d come a couple of months in the past to eke out a residing.

With no different possibility in sight, no assurance even after registering for Shramik particular trains operated by the Indian Railways to ferry the migrants to their native locations, these employees opted for the choice in entrance of them, a truck the place they had been put up within the container like a flock of sheep.

Santosh Kumar, who was going to Azamgarh within the truck and had paid Rs 7,000 for 2 individuals, spoke to India Right this moment TV and stated, “The automobile belongs to at least one Pramod Jadhav and is from Digha village in Navi Mumbai. I work as a driver and had heard from another drivers concerning the truck going to UP so I attempted contacting them. This automobile was going to Siddharthnagar and I needed to go to my native place is Azamgarh. I’ve paid Rs 7,000 to the driving force”.

Suraj Tripathi, pupil from Navi Mumbai, stated, “I needed to go to Gorakhpur and so once I heard about this truck leaving for Siddharthnagar, I paid Rs 3,000 for the journey. The driving force was stopped at a verify publish in Mahape. The driving force stopped the automobile at a long way after which fled with the keys and the cash he had collected from the migrants.

The Turbhe Police has recognized the driving force as one Hussain Mahmood Allah Farhad Khan and has booked him underneath Part of 188, 270, 279 of IPC, sections of the Catastrophe Administration Act and Epidemic Act. He has been summoned and requested him to seem earlier than the police after the lockdown.

The truck has been seized by police however the migrant employees, who misplaced their cash, are in additional misery now.

Scores of migrant employees might be seen each evening strolling in direction of the Mumbai-Agra freeway on foot. Few Shramik trains have run from Mumbai however lakhs of migrant employees with no cash and meals, are compelled to take the street to achieve their native locations.

“I got here to know {that a} automobile is leaving for Siddharthnagar so, I paid the proprietor of the automobile Rs 7,000 for the journey for 2 individuals. I do not know the identify of the individual however was advised that the automobile will take us to Siddharthnagar,” Tulsi Ram, who works as mason in Navi Mumbai, stated.

Sandeep Kumar was making an attempt to achieve Jaunpur in Uttar Pradesh by way of this automobile.

“I had paid Rs 2,000 for the journey. I do not know the identify of the driving force or proprietor of this automobile. This automobile had left from Digha in Navi Mumbai.”

Apart from youngsters aged one to 3, there have been few girls and children travelling within the automobile who together with others misplaced no matter cash they’d with them to the driving force who’s on the run.

Navi Mumbai Police has presently stored the 42 migrant employees in a shelter within the metropolis.

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Sandra Z. Connelly

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