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Section 144 enforced in Kottayam after migrant workers hit streets to return to hometown

Hundreds of migrants took to streets this morning in Kerala's Kottayam - about 140 km from state capital Thiruvananthapuram - seeking transport services to return to their hometowns.

Section 144 enforced in Kottayam after migrant workers hit streets to return to hometown
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Kottayam, First Published Mar 30, 2020, 1:11 PM IST
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Kottayam: Prohibitory orders were issued in Kerala's Kottayam after migrant workers hit the streets, violating the 21-day lockdown. District collector PK Sudheer Babu issued prohibitory orders under section 144, CrPC as a measure to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Prohibitory orders was issued after the district police chief and sub divisional magistrate stated that there were public gathering in the state.

March 29: Hundreds of migrant workers gathered on roads seeking to return to their hometown amid the nationwide lockdown. Police personnel were seen trying to control crowds in clips recorded on mobile phones.

Pinarayi Vijayan government has assured accommodation and food to the migrant workers till the 21-day lockdown. "If a special train is arranged for their travel, we will facilitate their travel," Kerala tourism minister Kadakampally Surendran was quoted as saying by news agency PTI.

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