Hundreds of migrant staff from Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Bihar and Odisha working within the Hazira industrial belt got here onto the streets and clashed with the police at Mora village on the outskirts of Surat on Saturday, demanding that they be despatched again to their residence states. The police resorted to lathicharge and fired tear fuel to disperse the mob. Hundred staff have been detained on this connection, police mentioned.
This, on a day when the town despatched again 30,000 migrants to their residence states and districts inside Gujarat by 14 trains and buses of the Gujarat State Road Transport Corporation (GSRTC), the best numbers to depart in a single day.
The coastal belt of Hazira has a number of multinational corporations the place these migrant staff are employed. They reside in rented rooms in Mora village. Seeing a number of migrants going again to their residence states by trains and buses, these staff additionally demanded to Hazira go residence, police mentioned. When the police requested them to return, they pelted stones on the police.
Police have lodged criticism of rioting and assault on police, harm to public property and beneath the Epidemic Diseases Act.
Joint police commissioner D N Patel mentioned, “These migrant workers are from Jharkhand, Bihar and UP and some from Odisha and they wanted to go back to their home state. Our officials tried to explain to them but they did not co-operate and pelted stones at police. Hundred workers have been detained and the situation is under control now. As per the guidelines, all the arrested workers will be medically examined. Two policemen have suffered minor injuries in the stone pelting incident.”
Surat has seen 4 such migrant outbursts because the imposition of the primary lockdown in March this yr.
On Saturday, 14 trains left Surat for Bihar, Odisha and Uttar Pradesh carrying 16,800 staff stranded within the metropolis because of the Covid-19 lockdown. This was the primary prepare to Odisha after the Supreme Court stayed the Odisha High Court order on Friday, directing migrants coming in to the state to check damaging for Covid-19. A prepare carrying 1,200 individuals left for Jagannathpur in Odisha from Surat.
A complete of 15,120 migrants left to Saurashtra and different districts in north Gujarat in buses. Some of them additionally left to their residence states in personal luxurious buses.
Twelve of the trains left to completely different districts in Uttar Pradesh together with Prayagraj, Varanasi, Pratapgarh, Jaunpur, Lucknow and Gorakhpur. One prepare every carrying the migrants left for Bihar and Odisha.
The prepare tickets are booked by the neighborhood leaders who had collected the journey fare from the passengers. They have been delivered to the railway station in buses. The migrants have been thermally screened on the railway station earlier than boarding the prepare. They have been additionally given water bottles and meals packets by varied NGOs. Strict police preparations have been made on the Surat railway station to make sure that social distancing is maintained.
Surat Railway station director C M Garuda mentioned, “We have got large number of bookings to UP. Today, we have resumed the train services from Surat to Odisha. We are hoping to get permission to run train from Surat to Madhya Pradesh.”
At current, the GSRTC authorities are giving bus connectivity to 13 completely different locations from Surat like Amreli, Bhavnagar, Junagadh, Botad, Mahisagar, Patan, Dwarka, Mehsana, Jamnagar. Rajkot, Gir Somnath, Bhuj and Godhra.
The highest variety of bookings is to Amreli adopted by Bhavnagar, Botad and Junagadh.
GSRTC Surat district controller Sanjay Joshi mentioned, “In the last four days, 1,000 buses had left from Surat to different destinations in Saurashtra and north Gujarat. We are allowing only 30 passengers to travel in a single bus so that social distancing can be maintained. Once the bus returns to Surat after the journey, it is entirely disinfected at our workshop.”
“The fares are much cheaper than what private luxury buses charge. The passengers have to pay the fare for one-way trip,” Joshi added.
Surat Diamond Association president Babubhai Katheriya mentioned, “We are expecting that over one lakh people may leave for Saurashtra and north Gujarat from Surat in the coming days. Once the situation turns normal, and as the diamond industries resume operations, these workers will return to Surat.”
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