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Migrant Workers Have Died Almost Every Day Since May 8 Aurangabad Tragedy

Huffington Post, India, 15 May 2020 - Friday marks a week since the Aurangabad tragedy on 8 May, when 16 migrant workers were killed when a goods train ran over them. A group of 21 people — all trying to walk home to Madhya Pradesh — had slept on or near the tracks because they were exhausted from their journey.

The incident created an uproar, with people criticising the government for its ill-planned lockdown which left thousands of workers stranded in different states without food or work.

Since then, many have taken desperate measures to get home in the absence of normal transport options. Some have walked, others have cycled thousands of kilometres on highways across states to get to their destinations.

The government finally announced special trains at the end of April to ferry the migrant workers back home, but the number has just not been enough to meet the demand. So thousands still continue to make the journey back home on foot, putting their lives in danger, because they have no other choice.

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Source: https://www.huffingtonpost.in/entry/migrant-workers-killed-lockdown_in_5ebcfdfbc5b63dbb671141d8

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