Mangaluru: Hundreds of migrant workers gather following information about special train

Daijiworld Media Network – Mangaluru (SB)

Mangaluru, May 28: Jokatte, an industrial area outside the city, was abuzz with activity on Thursday May 28 as hundreds of migrant workers gathered there on the basis of rumours about running of a train service to their hometown especially West Bengal by authorities.

The disappointed migrants then gathered near Jokatte railway cross and demanded to make alternative arrangements for their journey. As per sources, after the registration in Seva Sindhu app and as per authentic information from administration, they had to get prepared to travel to their hometowns. They reportedly had left their rental rooms, paid dues to groceries and packed their belongings and started to wait near Jokatte railway cross for feeder bus service to go to the railway station. Once they gathered there, a few of them received calls from police and officials of district administration stating that the train to West Bengal was cancelled.

“Now where should we go? We already left our rented houses and handed over keys to its owners. We have thrown away many items because we do not plan to return. We packed everything which could be carried in train. Today morning at 6 am we reached the pickup point. But after a two-hour wait around 8 am we got information that the train to West Bengal has been cancelled,” said Pranob, a migrant from Midnapore.

“We want to go to our hometowns and our family members are waiting for us. With a hope we locked our rooms and left to railway station. In between we got news of cancelation of train. This clearly indicates that the government is not bothered about migrants and working class. We do not know what to do and where to go,” said Ashuthosh from Singur.

Speaking to Daijiworld, Divyaraj, a local resident, said, “They are demanding to return home, which is now practically impossible. The train to West Bengal was cancelled because of unknown reasons. They had received notice that the central and state governments have made arrangements for migrants to return home, which has made them think that they can also return home. They received the train time and pickup point of feeder buses through mobile phones. But now they all are disappointed.”

The migrants continue to gather on the road sides of Jokatte with their belongings. A number of times police tried to send them back to their rooms. But majority of them reportedly have cancelled the agreement of their rented rooms and are not left with any alternative place for stay.




Comment on this article

  • Eustace, Mumbai

    Fri, May 29 2020

    Railway Ministry has failed the poor. Trains that supposed to reach north have reached the south India. Gross mismanagement, irresponsible. Piyush Goel was reprimanding the Non BJP states for not helping the poor. Now his Dept has failed them. All in All """MODI GOVT HAS FAILED THE POOR IN THEIR HOUR OF NEED". We have only one way to correct this....

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  • Dylan, Mangalore

    Thu, May 28 2020

    Total mess created by the central and Karnataka Government. Looting the poor migrant labour by charging them for the travel by train.

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  • Ronald D, Udupi

    Thu, May 28 2020

    Now there are plenty of jobs available to migrants in Udupi and DK. They can earn money for one or two months and they can go home . Most of them wants to go home due to mass hype.

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  • Shankar, Mangaluru

    Thu, May 28 2020

    Opposition is playing dirty games!

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  • Acchu, Mlore

    Thu, May 28 2020

    If you cannot defend your opposition, it means you are unfit!! so better quit.

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  • gopi m, mangalore/

    Thu, May 28 2020

    our migrant population shunted like cattle. Disgusting to be in india.

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  • shalini salian, Mangalore

    Thu, May 28 2020

    Respected DC kindly look into the matter and provide justice to the helpless immigrants. Where should they go in this situation?

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  • Evans C. Sumitra, Udupi/ New York, USA.

    Thu, May 28 2020

    This is a torture by the government given to these hundreds of migrant workers. Already they have suffered a lot and this information about special trains to the home town has caused them worries. For these migrant workers and their families, every hour is precious both mentally and financially. They have no way but wait till they reach their destination.

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  • Ramesh, Udupi

    Thu, May 28 2020

    The central govt and state govts including BJP and Congress are failed miserably. There is no coordination between them, most of the migrant trains are landed in different states. This is happening because lack of planning, communication, leadership and ignorance. From PM to CM fighting for their seat.

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  • G R PRABHUJI, Mangalore

    Thu, May 28 2020

    I can't understand why our state and central governments are doing like this. For poor migrants no value . Why they play with their lives.

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  • Raju, Karkala

    Thu, May 28 2020

    Actually Govt never thought that people will move like this from one place to another during lock down.

    They thought that people of the country will follow the instructions of Modi as usual. And strictly follow the lock down.

    But it didn't work as per their plan.

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  • G R PRABHUJI, Mangalore

    Thu, May 28 2020

    According to me you are totally wrong. This is a serious matter than Demonetization. That time Modiji suddenly gave a shock. Ok. Now like that suddenly announced lockdown. Instead of announcing lockdown atleast one week
    Before, all migrants would have reached their home town. Instead of announcing our Government entertained foreign dignitaries. The result all migrants on the road. If you are one among then only you would understand the pain.

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Thu, May 28 2020

    IMHO, if one could take ground level exact estimates till this year ends, more poor people would have perished for reasons indirectly related to CORONA!
    As you said, stay home-stay safe was only applicable to the 20% well off; who wouldn't mind staying at home for another 6 months!!

    And for all the inhuman treatment these migrants have gone through, most will not prefer to be back for a long long time!

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  • smr, Karkala

    Thu, May 28 2020

    COVID-19 is a rich man’s disease the air-traveller is its favourite postman. But as ever, the poor are likely to suffer and die in greater numbers, not because they have fallen sick, but because they are poor

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the nation twice in a space of five days, warning of hardship and asking people to be disciplined. The nation complied. Unfortunately, he was addressing that part of India which could afford to stay at home temporarily, and stock up.No one seemed to think of the workers in unorganized sectors, totalling in Delhi 13 million alone.

    In Italy, Spain, or the US, where the coronarivus has taken a toll, migrant workers were not a part of the problem.
    The four hour short notice of PM Modi has created one of the largest demographic movements in nation's history. India's biggest march since Partition.The real Ghar Wapsi movement seems to be the one set off by the virus.
    Jai Hind

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Thu, May 28 2020

    Whatever the reasons, this is a physical & mental torture of innocent migrants, many of whom will be on the roads as they have vacated their rooms!! With the temperatures soaring to unbearable heights, I can imagine the plight of these migrants till they get back to their native places!
    Everything is confusing & chaotic!

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  • Alwin, Mangalore

    Thu, May 28 2020

    Central government has to make necessary arrangements for their travel.Theeir poverty and innoce not to be exploited

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  • Pravin, Udupi

    Thu, May 28 2020

    Exactly. Central Govt should stop the airlifting immediately.

    They should put all their efforts to help these poor migrants .

    Once all migrants reach their destination safely, then Govt can think of helping our wealthy NRIs.

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  • francis lobo, Mangalore

    Thu, May 28 2020

    It is mentioned that there are 38 migrant trains landing in West Bengal today in one day . Imagine the planning the state government has to do to receive and check the migrants. The dispute between the center and state government of West Bengal and also the effect of the recent cyclone is resulting in the stranding of the migrants. The COVID scare has made the migrants to reverse migration

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