Kolkata, May 5 : The first batch of migrant workers, tourists, pilgrims, and others comprising some 1,361 heads, who had been stranded due to lockdown in Uttar Pradesh, returned here safely by a 24-compartment Eastern Railway's train from Ajmer.
The arrival of the travel fatigue labourers at the Dankuni station, 9 kms north of Howrah station, was marked with spraying of cooling water and flowers on them. Some of them even could not control their emotion as tears rolled down their cheeks when bottled water and food packets were distributed to them to kill hunger for now. Their luggage was also screened and sanitized. They were also given a file each with detailed dos and don't during mandatory home quarantine. They have been provided with medicines.
The train from Ajmer, which chugged off on Sunday arrived around 10 am. The railways and local authorities had already distributed forms for filling up name, address and district so that demarcated passenger buses they could get for their home journey.
Some 60 government buses have been arranged to reach them to home by end of the day. Before this the authorities as a protocol checked them with thermal screening and other testings. If anyone is found carrying suspected virus then he would be sent for quarantine immediately. Two state ministers - Moloy Ghatak and Tapan Dasgupta were present along with a host of RPF and GRP officials, besides the police commissioner of Chandannagar of Hooghly district. Another such train carrying migrant workers is expected from Kochi in Kerala. (UNI)