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Bihar train incident: M’laya returnees narrate ‘horrifying ordeal’

SHILLONG, MAY 25 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 5/26/2020 10:23:19 AM IST

Horrified by the ordeal they had to go through, citizens who returned from Haryana by special train have sought more action and security for those returning back to the State by train, reports The Northeast Today.

“They swore, broke the glass of the windows and also threatened to burn down the train. We were really scared,” said one of the returnees, who is being put up at the Pastoral Centre for quarantine, while narrating her ordeal.

The train carrying North East students and workers from Haryana experienced trouble when they reached Dandar in Bihar recently.

Scores of migrants tried to board the special train and when denied entry due to the fear of prevailing COVID situation, they resorted to threats and even broke down the window panes of the train.

Although the situation was brought under control after swift intervention of the respective State governments, but not before causing extreme trouble, fear and insecurity among those travelling back to their home states, prevail.

“They were everywhere. They shouted at us and continiously banged the windows and doors. Even the police was helping them,” alleged yet another returnee who did not want to be named.

She also informed that they had very little to eat and drink.

“I request the government to ensure that others who are returning do not face the same problems as we have faced and to provide more security,” she added.

When enquired if the Railway Police Force escorted them after the incident, she said that she did not see anyone and those migrants who had managed to board the train all got down before reaching New Jal Paiguri or NJP railway station.

Meanwhile, while all the 139 returnees were put at the various quarantine centres of the State, twenty two of them were kept at the Pastoral centre for three days.

During these three days, their samples will be collected, tested and if found negative will be sent home for home quarantine and if anyone tests positive they will either be put under instituional quarantine or at the Civil Hospital.

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