On Saturday migrant workers’ struggle to return home took a violent turn when hundreds collided with police at Mora village in Gujarat’s Surat district.
As per reports by The Quint, Rajesh Verma a local man who was described as a BJP worker has duped 100 labourers by charging them thrice the actual ticket price for passage to their home state of Jharkhand. However, after Monday no train was supposed to depart for Jharkhand and ultimately the labourers discovered that they had been cheated. After some days when migrant workers went to his office, he resorted to assault.
The report said that on 8 May, Friday, a man bleeding from his forehead was seen ina viral video who was claiming that Varma had asked each person to pay around Rs 2,000 for a ticket back to Jharkhand. Despite the lockdown workers’ managed to collect and Rs 1.40 lakh to Varma.
However, the BJP had denied the saying that Varma is a BJP worker.
The reports further said that BJP leaders had beaten up migrant labourers in Surat for demanding money to be returned as labourers didn’t get a ticket even after they had paid money for it.
In a similar instance, a video watermarked Ahmedabad Mirror shows an alleged BJP councilor’s brother promising train tickets to purported migrant workers.
The man shown in the video was Amar, brother of Surat BJP councilor Amit Rajput who was seen asking for ₹ 80000 from 80 people who wanted to got Uttar Pradesh.
Within two days two such incidents have occurred.
Many of the workers’ pelted stones at police vehicles in Mora village near the industrial town of Hazira, according to an official.
Protesting workers demanded that the district administration should arrange for their travel back to their hometowns in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Odisha, and among other states.
Another incident of the police-migrants clash happened when hundreds of migrants in Mora village near Surat’s main industrial zone Hazira gathered demanding that they are allowed to go back immediately. The police had to use tear gas to disperse the mob.
These violent clashes occurring are adding more struggle in the migrant workers’ journey to get back to their homes.