PortandTerminal.com, March 31, 2020
Migrant workers and their families in India’s Uttar Pradesh region made to squat on roads, sprayed with disinfectant meant for cleaning busses
NEW DELHI, INDIA – Video has emerged of authorities in India spraying migrants worked and their families with toxic disinfectant generally used to spray down busses.
Last week, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi imposed a nationwide lockdown in an attempt to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The restrictions will be enforced for 21 days. All 1.3 billion Indians must stay at home and all nonessential services such as public transport, malls and market will be shut down.
What Modi neglected to take into account were the millions of migrant workers in India who suddenly were left without work, food or a place to live when the lockdown came into effect.
Desperate, they took to the roads to try and return to their home villages. Realising that this risked spreading coronavirus even more quickly, the Indian government ordered that migrant workers be forcibly quarantined for 14 days.
To escape forcible detention, thousands upon thousands of migrants rushed to escape India’s major cities by train, bus or even foot creating scenes of chaos.
Two days ago our Leaked Video of the day surfaced which shows a group of migrants and their families being sprayed down with bus disinfectant by officials in India’s Uttar Pradesh region as they return home.
A top government official in the district said health workers had been ordered to disinfect buses being used by the local authorities but in their zeal had also turned their hoses on the migrant workers.
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