As India enters lockdown 4, Migrants seen at Delhi-UP border waiting to reach home
several migrant workers were seen waiting to go home from the Delhi-Ghazipur (UP) border.
As India entered its fourth phase of COVID-19 lockdown on Monday, several migrant workers were seen waiting to go home from the Delhi-Ghazipur (UP) border.
According to Times now Rajkumari, a migrant who belongs to Sitapur in Uttar Pradesh was quoted by ANI as saying, "When lockdown is not ending&Govt is not facilitating our travel, we've no option but to walk. If we die here, our mortal remains will also not reach our homes."
No reason to come back
Meanwhile, news agency PTI quoted Vijay Kumar who is now a jobless factory worker and waited for hours along with his wife and two children under a flyover at Ghazipur, hoping to get a bus to his home town Sitapur after police stopped them at the Delhi-Uttar Pradesh border on Sunday as saying that he has no reason to come back now.
The 28-year-old said that he was not paid since March by the footwear factory in Tikri, Gurgaon where he was employed. On Saturday evening, he, along with his family, started the 600-km journey to his hometown.
However, they, like several others were stranded on the Delhi border after the police stopped them from walking on foot for their onward journey.
Movement of vehicles restricted
On Sunday, in an attempt to restrict the movement of migrant workers towards the Delhi-Uttar Pradesh border, the Delhi Police had heavily barricaded the road leading towards Ghazipur on NH24.
Only those who are either with essential services or have valid movement passes were allowed to move. According to the police officials, rest everybody was sent back.
Huge crowd in Ghazipur
Meanwhile, Ghazipur at the Delhi-Uttar Pradesh border, on Sunday morning, saw a huge crowd of migrant workers as they thronged the area a day after the Uttar Pradesh government announced that busses would be arranged to transport them home.