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Migrants in Gujarat resort to hunger strike to return to their native places

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Around 120 migrant workers who have been quarantined at Amirgadh on the Gujarat-Rajasthan border by the Gujarat government due to the coronavirus pandemic sat on a hunger strike demanding the authorities to let them go to their native places in Rajasthan.

Notably, the migrants were hopeful that after the end of the 21-day lockdown announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on April 14, they will be allowed to go back to their homes in Rajasthan. However, the PM Modi on Tuesday announced a further extension of the lockdown for 19 more days which will end on May 3. The lockdown extension has dashed all their hopes to return home.

Unhappy with the Gujarat government, the migrants have alleged that the Rajasthan government is read to allow them to enter Rajasthan, but the Gujarat government is not allowing them to leave.

Notably, the migrants have been kept in a school in Amirgadh for the past 16 days and now desperate to return to their native places in Rajasthan. Therefore, they sat on a hunger strike. After the development came to the fore, the district administration immediately swung into action and officials made them understand the situation and why they cannot be allowed to leave.

The prime minister’s announcement of a 21-day lockdown on March 24 has resulted in a mass exodus of migrants throughout the country that resulted in severe criticism of the Centre for the unplanned move.

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