Chaos Outside Bandra Station As Hundreds Of Desperate Migrants Gather On Road

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MUMBAI: Desperate to go to their homes, hundreds of migrant workers gathered on an approach road to Bandra Terminus in Mumbai on Tuesday before the departure of a Shramik Special train, leading to chaos in the area for some time.

The crowd was later dispersed by police, a Western Railway official said, a daily reported.

A video clip that went viral on social media showed a large number of migrants carrying their luggages and running towards the gate of the Bandra Terminus.

According to media report, the crowd started gathering at 11 am.

The incident comes over a month after hundreds of migrant workers had assembled near the Bandra station over their demand that arrangements be made for them to return to their native places in the wake of the coronavirus-enforced lockdown.

The Western Railway in a statement later said a Shramik Special train was scheduled for Purnia from the Bandra Terminus in which passengers registered with the state authorities were to travel. However, many people, who were not registered and not called by the state authorities, gathered on a road and a bridge near the station, it said.

"The bonafide passengers were checked and allowed to enter the station by the state machinery. The train left the Bandra Terminus around 12 noon with 1,700 labourers and their families who were entitled to travel," Western Railway''s Chief Public Relations Officer Ravinder Bhakar said.

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