Pregnant Woman Turned Back By Delhi Cops As Migrants Struggle To Get Home

Coronavirus Lockdown: With all public transport stopped, many left without food, shelter and income had been forced to undertake journeys for hundreds of kilometres on foot

Coronavirus Updates: Ganeshi was forced to return by cops after having walked five kilometres

New Delhi:

A 20-year-old woman from Uttar Pradesh's Mahoba district - who is a migrant worker living in Delhi and is nine months pregnant - was forced to return home by the police despite walking five kilometres on her way to the capital's Anand Vihar Bus Terminal.

Ganeshi, the young woman, was hoping to find a way home amid the uncertainty among migrants nationwide that followed Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 21-day "total lockdown", which has left them without a job or money, to fight the spread of the infectious COVID-19 virus.

"What will we do now that there is no work? My daughter-in-law is full-term (nine months pregnant). What will we do if something happens to her? We want to go to Mahoba near Jhansi. That is our hometown," Ganesh's mother-in-law told NDTV today.

"We have no money to pay rent and nothing to eat. What will we do?" she added.

Ganeshi and her mother-in-law were among a large group of migrant labourers - including small children - forced to walk from Delhi's Chattarpur, where they lived and worked, to the Anand Vihar terminal.

When NDTV spoke to them, they still had 30 kilometres to travel in this searing heat but had been sent back by police, as interstate borders have been closed due to the lockdown.

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20-year-old Ganeshi is a migrant labourer from UP and is nine months pregnant

There were several others like Ganeshi.

Shahid, 30, who was hoping to return to UP's Bareilly, had some relief courtesy the Central Reserve Police Force (CPRF), which today went around the city distributing food.

The bowl of khichdi he got was his first meal in 24 hours.

"I used to work as a courier boy. But now all work is shut. I don't have money so am going back to Bareilly with my wife and eight-month-old son. He survives on milk and what food I have I give to my wife. This is the first time I am eating food," he said.

The lockdown, meant to halt the spread of a highly infectious novel coronavirus that transmits rapidly in crowded spaces, has hit the poorer sections of society the hardest - particularly those who rely on daily wages to survive.

The suspension of interstate bus and railway services has added to their worries, leaving some migrants with no option but to walk hundreds of kilometres home.

As harrowing stories of men, women and infants undertaking punishing treks - including one instance of a young man walking 150 kilometres with his wife and two young children - emerged, the Uttar Pradesh and Delhi governments responded Saturday by arranging buses to ferry people home.

The sheer number of men, women and children led to distressing scenes at bus terminals across Delhi late Saturday night and early Sunday morning, leading police to clamp down on further arrivals and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his deputy, Manish Sisodia, to plead with them to stay back and not risk spreading the virus any further.

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Thousands of migrants had gathered at Delhi's Anand Vihar Bus Terminal on Saturday night

"We were walking to Anand Vihar but police asked us to return. We work in Chattarpur as daily labourers and used to stay in our workplace. But all work is shut now and we have no place to eat or stay," one of the men in the group told NDTV.

In some places, as the cops stopped the migrants, they assured them they would take them home - their Delhi homes - in buses.

"We have orders and we have been telling these people there are no more buses from Anand Vihar. They will end up taking the illness to their villages if they go. We are giving them food here," DK Srivastava, Joint Commissioner of Police (Southern Range) told NDTV.

When asked how they could survive in Delhi without a job, he said: "There are night shelters where food is served. Police are ensuring nobody in Delhi goes hungry".

Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra have accused the centre of failing to plan for such contingencies as this; Mr Gandhi tweeted twice on Saturday, saying "the government is responsible for this terrible condition" and that it was "shameful we have allowed Indian citizen to be treated this way".

The central government responded by denying that a lack of planning had led to this crisis, saying India's response had been "pre-emptive, pro-active and graded".

This morning the Prime Minister apologised for "taking these harsh steps" that had caused "difficulties" in the lives of millions of poor people across India.

Across the country there are close to 1,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with at least 25 deaths linked to the virus. Worldwide more than 5.75 lakh people have been infected and over 26,000 killed, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).

World

3,05,15,530Cases
87,50,435Active
2,08,25,172Recovered
9,39,923Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 187 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 3,05,15,530 and 9,39,923 have died; 87,50,435 are active cases and 2,08,25,172 have recovered as on September 22, 2020 at 9:59 am.

India

55,62,663 75083Cases
9,75,861 -27438Active
44,97,867 101468Recovered
88,935 1053Deaths
In India, there are 55,62,663 confirmed cases including 88,935 deaths. The number of active cases is 9,75,861 and 44,97,867 have recovered as on September 22, 2020 at 8:00 am.

State & District Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
DistrictCases
Akola757
Aurangabad1974
Dhule228
Jalgaon1039
Mumbai45478
Mumbai Suburban5363
Nagpur692
Nashik1575
Palghar1421
Pune9920
Satara629
Solapur1291
Thane13660
Yavatmal150
Ahmednagar190
Amravati291
Beed54
Bhandara41
Buldhana88
Chandrapur32
Hingoli208
Jalna201
Kolhapur646
Latur139
Nanded176
Nandurbar42
Parbhani78
Raigad1462
Ratnagiri350
Sangli145
Gadchiroli42
gondia69
Osmanabad125
Sindhudurg114
Wardha11
Washim13

1224380 15738

275017

916348 32007

33015 344

DistrictCases
Chittoor319
Guntur511
Krishna557
Kurnool795
Sri Potti Sriramulu Nell*296
Anantapur428
East Godavari356
Prakasam104
Srikakulam183
Visakhapatnam103
West Godavari199
Y.S.R.205
Vizianagaram23

631749 6235

74518

551821 10502

5410 51

DistrictCases
Bengaluru Rural40
Bengaluru Urban529
Mysuru107
Bagalkote103
Ballari60
Belagavi337
Bidar219
Chikkaballapura149
Dakshina Kannada179
Dharwad61
Gadag45
Kalaburagi669
Mandya346
Tumakuru36
Uttara Kannada95
Vijayapura201
Chamarajanagara0
Chikkamagaluru19
Chitradurga14
Davangere204
Hassan205
Haveri24
Kodagu4
Kolar29
Koppal5
Raichur369
Ramanagara3
Shivamogga67
Udupi1176
Yadgir538

526876 7339

95354

423377 9925

8145 122

DistrictCases
North Goa57
South Goa69

28753 324

5667

22726 429

360 9

DistrictCases
Chengalpattu1314
Chennai23324
Kanchipuram503
Madurai322
Namakkal83
Ranipet133
Thanjavur130
Thiruvallur774
Thiruvarur67
Tiruppur116
Vellore71
Virudhunagar185
Ariyalur444
Coimbatore188
Cuddalore477
Dharmapuri15
Dindigul175
Erode75
Kallakurichi324
Kanniyakumari110
Karur88
Nagapattinam99
Perambalur133
Pudukkottai53
Ramanathapuram119
Salem258
Sivaganga46
Tenkasi103
The Nilgiris17
Theni129
Tiruchirappalli119
Tirunelveli433
Tirupathur45
Tiruvannamalai496
Tuticorin333
Villupuram509
Krishnagiri43

547337 5344

46495

491971 5492

8871 60

DistrictCases
Kannur357
Kottayam73
Alappuzha76
Idukki40
Kasaragod333
Kollam118
Kozhikode90
Malappuram119
Palakkad224
Pathanamthitta98
Thiruvananthapuram104
Thrissur106
Ernakulam60
Wayanad36

138631 2910

39354

98724 3022

553 18

DistrictCases
Raipur46
Korba100
Balod41
Baloda Bazar85
Balrampur17
Bastar2
Bemetara21
Bijapur2
Bilaspur100
Dantewada0
Dhamtari6
Durg31
Gariyaband10
Janjgir-Champa56
Jashpur77
Kabirdham52
Kanker19
Kondagaon0
Korea39
Mahasamund54
Mungeli87
Narayanpur0
Raigarh47
Rajnandgaon52
Sukma0
Surajpur9
Surguja14

88181 1998

37927 74

49564 1911

690 13

DistrictCases
Hyderabad2475
MedchalMalkajgiri75
Ranga Reddy183
Suryapet87
Vikarabad40
Warangal Urban32
Adilabad22
Jagitial77
Jangoan8
Jayashankar Bhupalapally9
Jogulamba Gadwal40
Kamareddy11
Karimnagar17
Khammam26
Kumuram Bheem Asifabad8
Mahabubnagar30
Mancherial43
Medak11
Nalgonda33
Narayanpet3
Nirmal21
Nizamabad76
RajannaSircilla16
Sangareddy26
Bhadradri Kothagudem5
Mahabubabad10
Mulugu3
Nagarkurnool8
Peddapalli5
Siddipet7
Wanaparthy1
Warangal Rural4
YadadriBhuvanagiri40

174774 2166

29649 13

144073 2143

1052 10

DistrictCases
Baleshwar190
Bhadrak137
Jajapur322
Dhenkanal36
Kalahandi33
Kendrapara164
Khordha238
Koraput16
Sundargarh102
Anugul26
Balangir129
Bargarh16
Boudh34
Cuttack155
Deogarh33
Gajapati61
Ganjam581
Jagatsinghapur91
Jharsuguda8
Kandhamal28
Kendujhar34
Malkangiri20
Mayurbhanj73
Nabarangpur2
Nayagarh86
Nuapada69
Puri103
Rayagada2
Sambalpur16
Sonepur29

184122 4242

34033 529

149379 3704

710 9

DistrictCases
Barwani60
Bhopal1880
Dewas140
Dhar132
East Nimar266
Gwalior211
Indore3839
Jabalpur276
Ujjain799
Agar Malwa15
Alirajpur3
Betul35
Burhanpur351
Chhindwara16
Dindori29
Harda4
Hoshangabad37
Khargone196
Mandsaur112
Morena109
Raisen71
Ratlam51
Sagar228
Shajapur39
Shandol14
Sheopur26
Tikamgarh18
Vidisha37
Anuppur22
Ashoknagar13
Balaghat9
Bhind87
Chhatarpur35
Damoh26
Datia12
Guna8
Jhabua14
Katni3
Mandla15
Narsinghpur17
Neemuch319
Niwari0
Panna20
Rajgarh31
Rewa39
Satna24
Sehore12
Seoni2
Shivpuri15
Sidhi17
Singrauli13
Umaria10

108167 2523

22542 242

83618 2244

2007 37

DistrictCases
Ahmadabad17125
Anand107
Arvalli134
Banas Kantha147
Bhavnagar146
Gandhinagar410
PanchMahals107
Surat2311
Vadodara1555
Bharuch56
Botad55
Chhotaudepur37
Dang5
Dohad43
GirSomnath45
Jamnagar63
Kachchh99
Kheda98
Mahesana159
Mahisagar125
Narmada25
Naysari35
Patan105
Rajkot135
SabarKantha101
Surendranagar55
Tapi6
Valsad47
Amreli16
DevbhumiDwarka22
Junagadh31
Morbi4
Porbandar11

124605 1430

16305 97

104964 1316

3336 17

DistrictCases
Ajmer379
Banswara91
Bharatpur563
Jaipur2177
Jhalawar329
Jodhpur1748
Kota503
Nagaur500
Alwar90
Barmer34
Bhilwara250
Bikaner112
Chittorgarh188
Churu81
Dausa61
Dholpur60
Dungarpur374
Hanumangarh31
Jaisalmer53
Jhunjhunu64
Karauli17
Pali352
Rajsamand140
SawaiMadhopur26
Sikar231
Tonk171
Udaipur724
Baran59
Bundi5
Ganganagar8
Jalore164
Pratapgarh14
Sirohi130

116881 1892

18245 61

97284 1815

1352 16

DistrictCases
Faridabad867
Sonipat404
Ambala93
Bhiwani60
CharkiDadri43
Fatehabad38
Gurugram2950
Hisar98
Jhajjar114
Jind38
Kaithal48
Karnal104
Kurukshetra55
Nuh68
Palwal120
Panchkula39
Panipat78
Rohtak145
Sirsa50
Yamunanagar19
Mahendragarh47
Rewari56

113075 1818

21014

90884 2187

1177 28

DistrictCases
Agra933
Aligarh215
Amroha80
Bareilly17
Bijnor157
Bulandshahr166
Firozabad190
Gautam Buddha Nagar1119
Kanpur Nagar286
Lucknow386
Mathura129
Meerut504
Moradabad252
Muzaffarnagar117
Rae Bareli78
Rampur203
Saharanpur298
Sant Kabeer Nagar132
Varanasi243
Auraiya37
Ayodhya120
Azamgarh138
Baghpat68
Bahraich73
Balrampur49
Banda27
Basti214
Bhadohi60
Budaun23
Etah52
Etawah46
Ghaziabad794
Ghazipur159
Gonda59
Gorakhpur166
Hapur225
Hardoi49
Jalaun41
Jaunpur194
Jhansi41
Kannauj69
Kasganj16
Kaushambi6
Mainpuri46
Mau48
Mirzapur22
Pilibhit15
Pratapgarh15
Prayagraj30
Sambhal116
Shamli40
Shravasti23
Sitapur32
Sultanpur97
Unnao42
Ambedkar Nagar92
Amethi206
Ballia60
Barabanki168
Chandauli38
Chitrakoot4
Deoria143
Farrukhabad36
Fatehpur3
Hamirpur3
Hathras43
Kanpur Dehat4
Kheri72
Kushi Nagar67
Lalitpur3
Maharajganj85
Mahoba3
Shahjahanpur25
Siddharth Nagar159
Sonbhadra10

358893 4618

64164

289594 6320

5135 88

DistrictCases
Central4817
East2472
New Delhi3405
North3059
North East1914
North West5463
Shahdara1580
South2329
South East2446
South West2391
West4768

249259 2548

30941

213304 3672

5014 32

DistrictCases
Dhubri30
Goalpara19
Marigaon50
Baksa14
Barpeta28
Biswanath16
Bongaigaon12
Cachar80
Charaideo29
Chirang6
Darrang20
Dhemaji47
Dibrugarh61
Dima Hasao86
Golaghat203
Hailakandi57
Hojai89
Jorhat24
Kamrup42
Kamrup Metro276
KarbiAnglong13
Karimganj85
Kokrajhar37
Lakhimpur57
Majuli2
Nagaon143
Nalbari23
Sivasagar20
Sonitpur27
South SalmaraMancachar4
Tinsukia84
Udalguri28
West KarbiAnglong5

159320 2640

29609 829

129133 1795

578 16

DistrictCases
East District3
North District0
South District3
West District0

2528 56

513 44

1986 11

29 1

DistrictCases
Buxar134
Gaya115
Munger188
Patna279
Rohtas256
Arwal52
Aurangabad75
Banka134
Begusarai243
Bhagalpur266
Bhojpur103
Darbhanga143
Gopalganj123
Jehanabad178
Kaimur (bhabua)105
Lakhisarai72
Madhepura82
Madhubani199
Nalanda123
Nawada122
PurbiChamparan138
Purnia135
Saran101
Siwan139
Vaishali87
Araria68
Jamui47
Katihar175
Khagaria253
Kishanganj75
Muzaffarpur96
Pashchim Champaran57
Saharsa88
Samastipur139
Sheikhpura118
Sheohar20
Sitamarhi73
Supaul87

169651 627

12539

156242 1087

870 6

DistrictCases
24 Paraganas North1031
24 Paraganas South281
Darjeeling97
Howrah1435
Jalpaiguri88
Kalimpong18
Kolkata2777
Maldah235
Medinipur East153
Medinipur West159
Hooghly604
Murshidabad125
Nadia139
Paschim Bardhaman70
Purba Bardhaman130
Alipurduar39
Bankura116
Birbhum206
Coochbehar210
Dinajpur Dakshin50
Dinajpur Uttar216
Jhargram9
Purulia66

228302 3165

24898 92

198983 3011

4421 62

DistrictCases
South Andamans33
Nicobars1
North And Middle Andaman1

3673 22

152 5

3469 17

52

DistrictCases
Pondicherry111
Karaikal2
Mahe4
Yanam0

23191 265

4659

18065 509

467 5

DistrictCases
Anjaw0
Changlang31
Dibang Valley0
East Kameng0
East Siang1
Kamle0
KraDaadi0
KurungKumey0
Leparada0
Lohit3
Longding0
Lower Dibang Valley0
Lower Siang0
Lower Subansiri0
Namsai2
PakkeKessang1
Papum Pare8
Shi Yomi0
Siang0
Tawang1
Tirap0
Upper Siang1
Upper Subansiri0
West Kameng0
West Siang1

7595 210

1939

5643 235

13

DistrictCases
Dimapur20
Kiphire3
Kohima7
Longleng0
Mokokchung0
Mon8
Peren2
Phek1
Tuensang3
Wokha0
Zunheboto0

5544 93

1052

4477 225

15

DistrictCases
Dadra And Nagar Haveli20

2933 9

220

2711 18

2

DistrictCases
Ranchi148
Bokaro16
Deoghar5
Dhanbad32
Garhwa80
Giridih19
Hazaribagh110
Jamtara2
Koderma58
Simdega48
Chatra1
Dumka5
East Singhbum170
Godda2
Gumla28
Khunti10
Latehar14
Lohardaga8
Pakur4
Palamu27
Ramgarh75
Sahebganj0
SaraikelaKharsawan20
West Singhbhum21

72673 1321

13504

58543 1599

626 9

DistrictCases
Gomati74
North Tripura14
Dhalai196
Khowai24
Sepahijala174
South Tripura53
Unakoti49
West Tripura45

22834 559

6700 134

15883 419

251 6

DistrictCases
Kargil77
LehLadakh43

3832 79

1047 34

2735 44

50 1

DistrictCases
Anantnag395
Bandipora175
Shopian255
Srinagar300
Baramulla271
Budgam110
Ganderbal37
Jammu138
Kathua53
Kulgam295
Kupwara231
Rajouri39
Ramban151
Reasi26
Samba25
Udhampur155
Mirpur0
Muzaffarabad0
Doda27
Kishtwar10
Poonch35
Pulwama108

65026 1036

21887

42115 1158

1024 23

DistrictCases
Chamba29
Hamirpur117
Kangra105
Sirmaur11
Solan32
Una41
Bilaspur21
Kinnaur2
Kullu4
Lahaul And Spiti0
Mandi21
Shimla10

12438 309

4458 14

7853 288

127 7

DistrictCases
Jalandhar297
Ludhiana293
Patiala132
Amritsar485
Barnala25
Faridkot74
Firozepur50
Gurdaspur154
Hoshiarpur140
Kapurthala44
Mansa31
Moga65
Pathankot86
S.A.S Nagar137
Sangrur107
Shahid Bhagat Singh Nagar (Nawanshahr)99
Sri Muktsar Sahib71
Tarn Taran163
Bathinda60
Fatehgarh Sahib57
Fazilka53
Rupnagar (Ropar)74

99930 2241

21661

75409 2811

2860 47

DistrictCases
Haridwar94
Dehradun370
Nainital323
Almora71
Bageshwar31
Chamoli36
Champawat45
PauriGarhwal36
Pithoragarh43
Rudraprayag30
Tehri Garhwal110
Udam Singh Nagar83
Uttar Kashi24

41777 814

12075

29201 1184

501 10

DistrictCases
Bishnupur7
Chandel5
Churachandpur32
Imphal East10
Imphal West21
Jiribam3
Kakching2
Kamjong5
Kangpokpi26
Noney1
Pherzawl3
Senapati6
Tamenglong2
Tengnoupal9
Thoubal18
Ukhrul4

9010 116

2113 43

6838 71

59 2

DistrictCases
Chandigarh313

10298 216

2761

7411 273

126 3

DistrictCases
East Khasi Hills22
East Garo Hills0
East Jaintia Hills0
North Garo Hills1
Ribhoi0
South Garo Hills0
South West Garo Hills4
South West Khasi Hills0
West Garo Hills5
West Jaintia Hills1
West Khasi Hills1

4733 73

2169 58

2527 14

37 1

DistrictCases
Aizawl10
Champhai0
Hnahthial0
Khawzawl0
Kolasib11
Lawngtlai2
Lunglei2
Mamit8
Saiha0
Saitual1
Serchhip0

1692 107

680 97

1012 10

0

DistrictCases
Lakshadweep District0

0

0

0

0