The coronavirus outbreak has led to the closure of companies, industries and various offices with an aim to curb the spread of the deadly pandemic. Moreover, the national lockdown ordered by the government was supposed to be lifted on April 14th has now been extended to more three weeks till may 3 rd.
Meanwhile, workers who hailed mainly from North Indian states like Bihar and Uttar Pradesh gathered at the train station at Bandra suburb in Mumbai in large numbers. Maharashtra’s Home Minister Anil Deshmukh stated that the workers might have thought that the lockdown has been lifted and that the state borders might have been opened. He also stated that the situation was later handled and is under control.
Many videos went viral which showed policemen trying to reason with the migrant workers and occasionally wielding batons at the crowd gathered at the station. Aaditya Thackarey, a cabinet minister, said that the workers claim that they do not want food and shelter. They just want to go home. Maharashtra has so far been able to contain its large migrant population by setting up by setting up camps all over the state. The non-profit organizations and corporates has also lend a helping hand to the migrant population. Meanwhile, worried about the high mortality rate in Mumbai, the government of Maharashtra has formed a nine-member task force of specialist doctors from public and private hospitals to prepare a protocol for treating critically-ill Covid-19 patients and recommended a uniform drug protocol.
-Christo Freddy, NMTV News