The video of the shocking incident was aired by television channels which showed migrants who were returning to their homes in Uttar Pradesh being made to sit at the Bareilly bus stand and sprayed with chemicals to disinfect them.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has taken a stern view of the Bareilly incident wherein migrant workers were disinfected by health officials by spraying chemical on them at a bus depot. The Chief Minister has ordered action against those involved in the inhuman act.
The incident had triggered a political furuore with the Yogi government being at the receiving end of criticism.
The video of the shocking incident was aired by television channels which showed migrants who were returning to their homes in Uttar Pradesh being made to sit at the Bareilly bus stand and sprayed with chemicals to disinfect them. According to reports, the migrant workers had walked down from Noida and Delhi.
When they reached Bareilly, these workers were told to sit at the bus stand by officials. They were promised that they will be taken on buses and will be given food. However, the sanitising team sprayed the group with a diluted mixture of sodium hypochlorite. The group of 50 people included women and children.
“About 50 of us were seating and waiting for food and the bus at the satellite bus adda when some men in protective suits came and began spraying water on us. They said that they were form the sanitization team and were sanitizing us. The children began crying and women were also shocked,” one of the migrants said.
Later, District Magistrate Nitish Kumar directed the chief medical officer to provide treatment to those who were sprayed with sodium hypochlorite on Sunday in a bid to sanitize them.
Meanwhile, the Congress on Tuesday slammed the government saying treat the labourers with dignity as they build India.
“Disinfectant spray. Time to sanitise our politics. Not migrant workers reaching Bareilly to go home. They work in factories, harvest crops, in restaurants, hotels, in construction projects, highways and in homes. They Build India, treat them with dignity,” senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal said in a tweet.