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Agitated migrants hurl stones at police in Bharuch

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A group of 150 migrants hurled stones at the police in Dahej industrial area on Friday morning. The migrants were unhappy with the administration for not making arrangements for their travel to their native places.

The police had to use two teargas shells to disperse the mob that had gathered to demand a return passage to their home states amid the lockdown imposed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Migrants who are stuck in the district have staged multiple protests in the past two days demanding that they be sent to their native places by Shramik Special trains, said Bharuch SP Rajendrasinh Chudasama. In fact, some of the agitated migrants staged a protest on Thursday as well when Chudasama appealed to them to remain patient as their online registration has been done and they only had to wait for the confirmation from authorities.

However, some of them again came out on Friday and pelted stones on police vehicles.

Meanwhile, around 400 labourers from Bihar held a peaceful rally in Botad town of Botad district on Friday, demanding immediate arrangements for them to travel back to their ancestral homes.

Before things could get out of hand, the police stopped the protesters at a market and convinced them to wait for confirmation of travel arrangements from the authorities, an official said.

Botad district collector Vishal Gupta claimed that migrants are stuck because approvals for sending them back are pending from the Bihar government since May 10.

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