After witnessing a mass exodus of migrant labourers in Delhi's Anand Vihar on Saturday, the Delhi police on Sunday has shut the roads leading to Anand Vihar and Ghazipur, effectively sealing that part of the Delhi-Uttar Pradesh border, as per sources. This development comes after the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) ordered all states to seal all their borders - banning human movement between states, only goods' movement allowed. Currently, the number of Coronavirus cases reported in India is 979, with 25 deaths.
On Saturday, thousands of migrant workers were seen thronging at the Anand Vihar Interstate Bus Terminal at the Delhi-Uttar Pradesh border in the hope of reaching their homes inspite of the threat of the spread of the coronavirus disease. Some claimed that they had been transported to the bus stop via DTC buses under the assumption that they will be able to board buses to UP. Similarly, several workers were spotted walking towards Uttar Pradesh in Delhi's Ghazipur, but were sent back by Delhi police to avoid mass crowding.
Delhi CM Kejriwal has made several appeals to the workers to stay in Delhi and not move towards their homes in UP, Bihar promising food and shelter to migrants in Delhi. But the UP government had stated that it will deploy 200 buses every 2 hours from 8 am onward at various points in the bordering districts of Delhi. Both governments have slammed each other over 'petty politics' and 'misleading announcements'.