FOR lack of work & earnings, migrant workers hit the street in Chandrapur demanding arrangement to be sent back to homes

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More than 1,000 migrant labourers came on to the streets in Maharashtra’s Chandrapur, 925 km from Mumbai, on Saturday, May 2 demanding their return to the native places. The incident took place around 9.30 am IST at Ballarpur in the district, an official said. “More than 1,000 labourers, mostly staying at a construction site in a government medical college, hit the streets and demanded that arrangements be made for their movement to their home states. They tried to block the highway and started walking towards the railway station,” he said. “The labourers want to go back to their hometowns in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. Some of them are from West Bengal. Police personnel were rushed from the Ramnagar Police Station to the spot and the situation was brought under control. The police staff told the labourers that proper procedure has to be followed if they want to return to their home states as special trains are being arranged. They were asked to fill the application forms to get a place in the special trains”. The official informed that the police provided food to the migrant labourers, later they returned to their local residences. (courtesy to The Business Standard for the representational image)

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