Migrant workers traveling on three “ special Shramik ” trains to eastern Uttar Pradesh and Bihar have complained of excessive delays and poor hygiene on board, even resorting to demonstrations along the route by blocking the railways and demanding accounts. They also claimed that rotten food was served to them during the trip.
Workers aboard one of these trains bound for Bihar from Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh blocked the train tracks and launched slogans against Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on the tracks after their train was stopped at the signal outside the Deen Dayal Upadhyaya rail junction (formerly known as the Mughal Sarai junction), on the edge of Bihar for more than 10 hours.
“The train arrived last night at 11 pm and has been standing here since. We haven’t eaten for two days. We were forced to pay 1,500 rupees each for this trip,” complained Dhiren Rai, the one of the migrant workers on the train.
Another train from Panvel in Maharashtra to Jaunpur of Uttar Pradesh was held near Varanasi for more than 10 hours. Late night visuals showed angry migrant workers crouching on the railroad tracks and refusing to move despite another train approaching them. They only left when the railway police intervened and everyone on board received a meal. The train later resumed its journey.
“We had food in Maharashtra but received nothing in Uttar Pradesh. The train was held in Kashi (Varanasi) for 7 hours, then it moved and was held again for 2 hours . Later he moved and is stuck again, “said Govind Kumar Rajbhar, one of the passengers on the train.
On Friday evening, migrant workers aboard a “special shramik” train from Gujarat to Bihar threw the food served at the Kanpur junction in Uttar Pradesh, saying it was rotten. Visuals from Kanpur show angry migrant workers confronted by railway safety personnel asking why migrants are being subjected to inhuman treatment.
“There is not even water in the toilets. What should we drink? The poor who are served to us are very tight as if they were cooked four or five days ago, that is why we threw away all the food, “said one of the migrant workers. told reporters in Kanpur.
More than 12.33 lakhs returned to Uttar Pradesh by 930 “ Shramik Special ” trains, state government officials said on Friday.
“More than 18.24 lakh workers returned to Uttar Pradesh from other states during the lockout. More than 12.33 lakh people returned by 930” Shramik Special “trains. The government approved 1,199 trains to bring back the migrant workers, “said Awanish Awasthi, Additional Chief Secretary, Home, Uttar Pradesh.