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Quarantined migrant workers breach lockdown in UP

Hathras/Sultanpur: Quarantined migrant workers in various districts of Uttar Pradesh, are found running away from the shelters.  

Reports coming in from districts say that an increasing number of quarantined workers are escaping from the shelters. Officials, however, deny such reports and say that all is well with the quarantined persons.

Wednesday, 26 persons escaped from Faridipur in Sultanpur district where a total of 112 workers had been quarantined. Four of them were caught and brought back while 22 have not been traced yet.

In Hathras, 35 migrants, who returned in the past 15 days were quarantined at Bisawar Primary School and escaped at night.

Panchayat secretary K.P. Singh, who was on duty, has been suspended and an FIR has been registered against the missing persons. Six persons returned, but 29 were still missing, says the reports.

One who was quarantined at Bisawar Primary School claimed around 55 quarantined on Wednesday and after dinner only 12 persons remained.

On March 29, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had directed district officials to quarantine people who had arrived in the state during lockdown from other parts of the country. Their names, addresses and phone numbers have been made available to the district magistrates and they are being monitored.

As per available figures, around three lakh migrant workers started marching towards Uttar Pradesh after the announcement of the 21-day nationwide lockdown on March 25.

Meanwhile, psychiatrist R.K. Shukla, said that staying in a shelter home was apparently adding to the psychological stress of the workers, forcing them to flee.

The psychiatrist further said that those in charge of the shelter homes should make an effort to counsel the inmates, keep them busy with games and other activities.

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