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Afroz Shah Of Mumbai Beach Clean-up Fame Allegedly Detained By Police; 'gives Up'

Afroz Shah, Mumbai-based lawyer and known for spearheading the Versova Beach clean-up, was allegedly detained by Mumbai Police on Tuesday for ferrying migrants

Migrant workers

Afroz Shah, Mumbai-based lawyer and known for spearheading the Versova Beach clean-up, was allegedly detained by Mumbai Police on Tuesday night for ferrying migrant workers to their destination. Taking to Twitter, he has claimed that he was harassed by the Tilak Nagar Police for two hours and was released only after saying that he will not ferry migrants. He said that he is in deep pain. 

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Stranded migrants issue 

After PM Modi had announced the first phase of lockdown, on March 28, thousands of migrant workers were seen thronging the Delhi-Uttar Pradesh border at Delhi's Anand Vihar Interstate Bus Terminal in the hope of reaching their homes, defying lockdown and creating a health hazard. Similarly, after PM Modi announced the extension of the lockdown till May 3, on April 14, around 2,000 migrant workers gathered at Bandra station, under the illusion of boarding 'Jansdharan Express' trains to UP, Bengal and Bihar.

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Apart from this several visuals have been seen of thousands of migrants walking across state borders to reach their native homes due to loss of income amid lockdown. The Centre in Lockdown 3.0 arranged special Shramik trains for the transportation of the migrants to their native places. However, many accidents have occurred since the Centre allowed transportation of stranded migrants, and as many as 100 of them have died. 

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