Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh on Tuesday ordered a probe after thousands gathered in Bandra following the extension of the Coronavirus lockdown. The probe has been initiated to find out the source of rumours that trains would be run to take migrant workers back to their states.
Taking to Twitter, Deshmukh stated that:
I have ordered an investigation into the rumour that claimed trains to take migrants back home.— ANIL DESHMUKH (@AnilDeshmukhNCP) April 14, 2020
Those found guilty of sparking such rumours will be dealt severely invoking the fullest force of law.#ZeroToleranceForRumours
In addition, a case has also been registered at Bandra Police Station against 800-1000 unknown accused persons.
Maharashtra: A case has been registered at Bandra Police station under section 143, 147, 149, 186, 188 of IPC read with Section 3 of Epidemic Act against 800-1000 unidentified people in connection with the incident of gathering in Bandra today.— ANI (@ANI) April 14, 2020
Around 1,500 people, mostly migrant workers, gathered at Bandra railway station premises on Tuesday and wanted to go to their native places but were later dispersed, said the Mumbai Police. According to Republic TV sources, the local administration had arranged ration for the 'migrant workers' but people crowded the spot because the distribution of food was poorly organised. A few minutes later, the police personnel were seen dispersing the crowd. The rumours regarding the trains were also purported. The Indian Railways has extended the suspension of all passenger services till May 3, in tune with the lockdown extension.