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Disinfectant Sprayed On Migrants In Delhi, Civic Body Calls It A “Mistake”

A video of the incident made rounds on the internet in which a worker handling the sanitation drive could be seen spraying the disinfectant on some of the migrant workers. 

New Delhi| In South Delhi’s Lajpat Nagar, migrants waiting outside a school for screening were sprayed with disinfectant by the Civic body on Friday. The South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) later called it a mistake claiming the worker who was using the machine could not handle the pressure of spray and the recoil changed the direction of spray.

The civic agency, in a statement, said the SDMC officials have “apologized” to the migrant workers for the mistake.

Before boarding the “Shramik” train, hundreds of migrant workers had gathered outside a school in Lajpat Nagar to get themselves screened.

A video of the incident made rounds on the internet in which a worker handling the sanitation drive could be seen spraying the disinfectant on some of the migrant workers.

The SDMC later released a statement, in which they said, “Since the school is in a residential colony, there was a huge demand from residents for disinfecting the compound and the road. But due to the pressure of the jetting machine, the worker could not manage it for some moments.”

“The staff has already been instructed to be more careful and attentive while doing the job in the future. The official present at the site apologized to the public,” the SDMC further added.

Migrant workers across the country have been trying to return back home since the nation-wide lockdown has been imposed to curb the spread of Covid-19 and their daily earnings have completely stopped. Many migrants have been lining up in front of screening facilities to get them screened before they can board the Shramik trains arranged by the government for their transportation. Many who could not get any other modes of transport have been walking on the streets for hundreds of kilometers to reach back to their towns.

 

 

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