Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announcement of an extension of the 21-day lockdown till May 3 has created a lot of hardships for the migrant labourers and daily wage workers. With no employment in the foresight and depleting savings, these workers are desperate to return to their native places despite PM Modi, state governments, and local authorities requesting them to stay where they are.
The desperation was evident when hundreds of migrant workers gathered outside the Bandra railway station in anticipation of special trains that would ferry them. It was also evident in Surat when migrants gathered on the streets demanding authorities to make arrangements for their return. The same happened in Amirgadh on the Gujarat-Rajasthan border where many migrants sat on a hunger strike demanding that authorities in Gujarat let them go to their native places in Rajasthan.
In such a situation, people are adopting different techniques and using their ‘connections’ to manage travel passes.
Meanwhile, an interesting case has come to the fore in Surat after a man desperate to reach Surat from Mumbai created a forged letter pad of Union Home Minister Amit Shah. He used the forged document in which it was written that he needs to deliver urgent medicines in Surat and therefore, he has been given permission.
The man using the letter was successful in reaching up to Valsad. In Valsad, the police sensed that the letter was forged and eventually, the man admitted that he had created a forged letter pad of the home minister to travel from Mumbai to Surat. The man has been arrested by Dungri police and an investigation has been launched in the matter.