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Over 1.35 Lakh Migrants Ferries Through 93 Shramik Special Trains; Says Maharashtra Official

Mumbai: Around 1.35 Lakh migrant workers in 93 Shramik special trains left from Maharashtra to their home states, an official said on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, these trains were arranged from various stations over the state to ferry migrants and other stranded people to Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, West Bengal, and other states.

“So far, 93 trains have left since Tuesday evening for Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Uttarakhand, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Rajasthan, and other states. These trains carried more than 1.35 lakh stranded people and migrant laborers,” a Government Railway Police (GRP) official said.

Among these trains, a train left for Ajmer, Rajasthan with 1547 migrants from Lokmanya Tilak Terminus (LTT) at 9.10 am on Wednesday, he added.

Around midnight, hundreds of people gathered at Nagpada junction in South Mumbai, demanding to be sent back to their native places.

Similar incidents took place at Sun City ground in Palghar district, CSMT, Bandra, Borivali, and Panvel stations, where huge crowds gathered to board the Shramik special trains.

As the spread of COVID19 is spreading with pace, such gathering of huge people makes it impossible to curb the spread of the virus as social distancing measures are not possible at such times.

(With PTI Inputs) 

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