Migrant workers pelted stones at police in Surat, More than a thousand workers pelted stones on corona warriors, This led to a clash between Police and the Migrant workers. Migrant laborers pelted stones at police in Gujarat's Surat district on Monday, following which the security personnel lobbed teargas shells and baton-charged the agitated workers, an official said. The incident took place near Vareli village on the outskirts of Surat while the migrant workers were demanding that arrangements be made to send them back to their native places in the wake of the coronavirus-enforced lockdown, he said.
Thousands of workers took to the road in Kadodara and Palsana, Bardoli in Surat, South Gujarat. They wanted to go to their state. But neither a bus nor a train could be arranged for them to go. A convoy of high officials arrived as soon as the incident was reported. The police tried to convince the workers quite a lot, but they were adamant about going to their state. Police had to release tear gas shells to control the workers. At the same time, the workers threw stones at the police. The police have also detained several struggling workers. As of now, there is strict security throughout the area. The laborers also damaged some vehicles parked on Surat-Kadodara road, the official said.
They clashed with police and threw stones at them, following which the security personnel retaliated and lobbed teargas shells and lathi-charged the agitated workers, the official said. The situation was later brought under control and security was stepped up in the area, he added.
People from other provinces also visit Surat, Vapi, Bharuch in South Gujarat and Saurashtra and Ahmedabad. Workers from outside here work in many industries including the textile, diamond, rolling mill, chemical. In the Surat city of South Gujarat, now lakhs of laborers are earning their livelihood even in the embroideries sector. However, the lockdown initiated by the Coronavirus in the country has rendered workers useless. Their economic condition has also deteriorated.