Amidst the corona epidemic and lockdown, the life of migrant workers has become very difficult. In the lockdown, when all the work has stalled, they are afraid of losing their jobs, income and livelihood and safe lives.
Even some have been compelled to commit crimes to bring themselves and the family home safely. One such case of Mohammad Iqbal, who is a resident of Bareilly has come to light.
As per reports, Iqbal had to go from Bharatpur to Bareilly, along with his specially-abled child. Iqbal might have walked on foot but it was not possible for the child. For this, Iqbal stole a bicycle from the village of Rah on Monday late night from Saheb Singh’s house.
While stealing the bicycle, Iqbal left a letter there. In the morning, Saheb Singh found the letter the next morning.
The Hindustan Times received a photograph of that letter to Iqbal. In which Iqbal wrote, “I am a labourer. I am your accused. I am going to take your bicycle. Forgive me. I have to go to Bareilly, I have no means and along with me there is a handicapped child.”
After the lockdown, thousands of migrant labourers have left for the states of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal and Jharkhand etc. Rajiv Gupta, who is a social service, says that this incident reflects the helplessness of the labourers and the failure of the governments.
Before announcing the lockdown, governments should have arranged transportation for them so that they could reach their original locations, but that did not happen. Many labourers are hungry for many days, they are not getting food, nor are they able to feed their families.