Migrant labourers residing in Nahri Ka Naka space of Jaipur’s Shastri Nagar, who’re stranded amidst the coronavirus lockdown, hit the streets on Monday, complaining about lack of rations and the means to return house. After they had been dispersed by police, a number of protestors claimed that they had been overwhelmed up; the authorities, nonetheless, maintained that no drive was used.
Rezaul Karim, a migrant from Malda, West Bengal, mentioned, “In the past one month, we haven’t received much ration and have run out of money. Today, we decided to take to the streets and ask the administration to give us food and find means to go home. If we get permission, we are also ready to walk the whole way. Instead, the police drove us out and several of us sustained injuries in police action.”
Karim claimed 1000’s of migrants reside within the Nahri Ka Naka space and in the course of the lockdown, they’ve misplaced all their financial savings.
Mohammed Jaliluddin, who additionally hails from Malda and works as a development labourer in Jaipur, claimed he was not even a part of the protest however was nonetheless overwhelmed up.
“I was not part of the protest… I had gone to a nearby shop to purchase some jaggary for breaking my Ramzan fast in the evening when the police charged on protesting migrants. I got hit by their sticks too and had to be later taken to the hospital to get bandaged,” he mentioned.
However, the police denied that they used drive.
“There was no lathicharge and the police didn’t beat up any migrants. After the police van arrived, some of the migrant labourers started running and ended up injuring themselves after trying to jump police barricades… There were around 400-500 people and we have passed on their demand for ration to officials,” mentioned Sajjan Singh Kaviya, station home officer, Shastri Nagar police station.
Kaviya added that no arrests had been made and no case has been filed over the protests.