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COVID-19 lockdown | Police beat up migrant workers, send them to shelter homes later

A policeman wielding lathi on migrant workers at Kanakadurgamma Varadhi, in Tadepalli village in Guntur district on Saturday.   | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

In yet another incident, police used their force on migrant labourers who were walking toward their home States. A few workers suffered injuries in the lathi-charge.

More than 500 labourers who were trekking on the national highway were provided shelter in Vijayawada Club. When the labourers came to Kanakadurgamma Varadhi on Saturday, police warned them to go back and when the workers tried to continue their journey, police wielded lathis.

The labourers from Bihar, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand and other States had migrated to Tamil Nadu a few months ago. The COVID-19 pandemic put them out of work forcing them to return to their home States.

On the directions of Chief Secretary Nilam Sawhney, the labourers were shifted to shelter homes and provided food. On Friday, they were shifted to Vijayawada Club.

“We will never return to AP again. Hundreds of workers are walking on roads for more than a month, and the officials did not even offer us a packet of biscuit. Instead of helping the poor labourers, the police are beating us mercilessly,” a woman labourer said.

Earlier, incidents of police beating the migrant workers were reported at Mangalagiri, Kovvur, Polavaram and other places in the State during the lockdown period.

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