Minister, police chief promise arrangements to send them home
Hundreds of frustrated migrant workers, mostly from North India, resorted to stone-throwing at the police on Monday night after a day-long wait at BIEC on Tumkur Road for the elusive transportation back home. In the fracas, a Peenya police station inspector suffered head injuries.
Karnataka’s Revenue Minister R Ashoka and city police commissioner Bhaskar Rao rushed to the spot to control the situation and pacify the workers. They assured the crowd that arrangements would be made for their return home.
Having lost all patience after being shunted from the city railway station to Freedom Park, and then ferried by BBMP to BIEC, the tired and hungry workers demanded that trains should be arranged immediately for their return to their home states, and blocked the Bangalore-Tumkur national highway near BIEC.
Citizen activist Vinay Sreenivasa said, “We have been asking for a proper, organised system for workers to be sent back in trains. There is no system in place and the workers are suffering. We request that a proper action plan be put in place.”