Bengal migrant labourers quarantined after trekking 500 km from Odisha


Eleven migrant labourers of Murshidabad and Birbhum districts of West Bengal who had trekked all the way in which from Odisha have been stopped by police round 200 km from their properties in Nadia district.

The migrant employees at the moment are quarantined in a constructing in Haringhata block of Nadia.

However, whereas trudging over 500 km, the employees claimed they’d not forgotten to placed on masks and keep social distancing.

The district authorities had given them an assurance after stopping them on Wednesday that transport could be offered to take them residence, Superintendent of Police Ranaghat police district VSR Anantanag mentioned.

But they weren’t despatched residence until Thursday night.

When contacted, Nadia District Magistrate Vibhu Goel mentioned, “We can’t transcend the lockdown pointers. Those individuals went via thermal screening. But they’ve to remain in quarantine for the scheduled interval as directed by medical consultants.

“They came from another state. So we have placed them in a new and sanitised building at Nagarukhra in Haringhata, which is going to serve as a quarantine centre in Haringhata block.”

The elevn individuals, who labored as building labourers at Badalpur in Puri district, have been stopped by the police at Bara Jaguli underneath Haringhata police station on Wednesday.

After they ran out of money, they’d set out for his or her arduous journey on foot on April 11.

The group was stopped after having crossed over 500km. They have been served meals by locals and the police and have been examined by medical doctors.

Raju Mondal, a resident of Jangipur in Murshidabad mentioned, “We used to work there on day by day wage foundation. None of the contractors took our duty. We waited for just a few days however after we realised that the coronavirus-triggered lockdown would proceed, we determined to stroll residence.

“We were also running out of money.”

The group trekked alongside NH 60 for some ten days and reached Kharagpur on the Bengal-Odisha border. From there, they took NH 6 to achieve Dankuni in Hooghly, after which Durgapur Express option to attain Banshberia.

After that they crossed Iswar Gupta Setu and reached Kalyani in Nadia.

The police stopped them at Kalyani extra and took them to Mohanpur Investigation Centre at Bara Jaguli.

With the little cash that they’d, the labourers purchased puffed rice, biscuits and water en route.

“We walked at a stretch for long hours and sometimes took rest,” Salwar Sheikh of Birbhum Rajgram mentioned.

But they didn’t overlook to take precautions. Saddam Seikh of Muraroi, Birbhum mentioned, “We put on masks and maintained social distancing even while walking”.

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