R Dutta Choudhury
GUWAHATI, May 23 - A large number of youths from the Northeast are working in Gurugram in Haryana, a major economic and health care hub of the country and this fact came to light when a substantial number of youths of the region applied to the authorities seeking facilities to return home amid the lockdown. Such people are being sent back home in four trains.
When contacted by The Assam Tribune, Director General of Haryana Police Manoj Yadava said that so far, the government of the state sent back more than two lakh people to different parts of the country and around 5,000 are being sent back to the northeastern region.
Yadava said of the four Northeast-bound trains two are for the people of Assam, while the rest two are for the people of Manipur, Tripura and Nagaland. People from other parts of the region are also returning on these trains, but the major chunk of the people is from these four states.
The Haryana DGP said that Gurugram being a health care hub, some people from the Northeast coming for treatment are also stranded there and efforts are on to send them back. He revealed that majority of the youths of Assam, who have applied for facilities to return home were working in the malls and in the hospitality sector, including hotels and restaurants. As those are now closed, they are keen on returning home at the earliest possible opportunity.
He said a large number of youths from Manipur were working in the hospitals located in Gurugram as almost all hospitals in the area have nurses and front desk workers from Manipur. Youths from Manipur are also working in the malls and in the hospitality sector. On the other hand, most of those who have applied to return to Tripura are students.
The DGP said recently he also came across an interesting case where a family of seven persons from Assam was stuck in Hisar, Haryana due to the lockdown. He said one Purna Kanta Bora and six other members of his family were stuck in a village where they went to attend a function in the residence of a family member.
They went there on March 20 and before they could plan their return, the lockdown started on March 24 and they were in trouble. Bora, who worked in a tea garden in Sonitpur district, became more worried when he read in newspapers that the tea gardens started functioning in Assam.
Yadava said he came to know about the plight of the family when their story appeared in a newspaper. “I immediately sent police personnel to the place where they were staying and got their details. They were brought to Gurugram by a police vehicle and they boarded a Guwahati-bound train on May 21, he added.
The DGP further said that the highest number of migrant workers sent from Haryana was from Bihar and their number was more than one lakh. They were engaged in construction, industrial and agriculture sectors.