Bareilly, March 30: The Coronavirus pandemic has led to a mass exodus of migrants and daily wage workers as they try to reach their homes amid a lockdown. A video has now emerged from Uttar Pradesh's Bareilly that show officials spraying disinfectants on migrants. In the clip shared by Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, a batch of migrants, including women and children can be seen on the road.
Who r u trying to kill, Corona or humans? Migrant labourers and their families were forced to take bath in chemical solution upon their entry in Bareilly. @Uppolice@bareillytraffic @Benarasiyaa @shaileshNBT pic.twitter.com/JVGSvGqONm— Kanwardeep singh (@KanwardeepsTOI) March 30, 2020
In the video, a man can be heard saying, "Apni ankhen band kar lo” (please shut your eyes). The migrants returned to the state after special buses were arranged for them.
Condemning the incident, Gandhi tweeted: "I appeal to the government in UP... all of us are fighting together against this crisis. Please don't indulge in such inhuman actions. The labourers have already suffered a lot. Don't spray chemicals on them. This won't protect them... rather it would harm their health."
Priyanka Gandhi Tweet:
यूपी सरकार से गुजारिश है कि हम सब मिलकर इस आपदा के खिलाफ लड़ रहे हैं लेकिन कृपा करके ऐसे अमानवीय काम मत करिए।
मजदूरों ने पहले से ही बहुत दुख झेल लिए हैं। उनको केमिकल डाल कर इस तरह नहलाइए मत। इससे उनका बचाव नहीं होगा बल्कि उनकी सेहत के लिए और खतरे पैदा हो जाएंगे। pic.twitter.com/ftovaFHR5q
— Priyanka Gandhi Vadra (@priyankagandhi) March 30, 2020
The 21-day lockdown imposed on Tuesday trigged a mass exodus of migrants workers from big cities to their villages. The Supreme Court on Monday sought status report from the Centre on measures taken in view of the migration of labourers.
"The migration of labourers out of panic and fear is becoming a bigger problem than the coronavirus," the top court said while seeking status report by Tuesday.