Coronavirus Lockdown: Songs For Rich, Disinfectants For Poor
The Bareilly Municipal Corporation and Fire Brigade had been told to sanitise buses in which daily wage labourers had been brought to the district. But the Municipal Corporation and the Fire Brigade sprayed pesticides on the buses as well as on labourers and their families. Following this, the condition of the labourers and their children worsened and they had to be taken to the hospital. After a video of this shameful incident went viral, the Bareilly District Magistrate posted a tweet in which he said, “The Bareilly Municipal Corporation and Fire Brigade team had orders to sanitise buses, but due to hyper-activism they did this (sprayed the labourers with pesticides). Orders have been issued for action against the concerned. This video was examined; the affected persons are being treated under the supervision of the CMO.” Meanwhile, BSP supremo Mayawati attacked the government after the video went viral. She posted a tweet, “Several pictures of labourers being publicly-ignored and subjected to excesses during the heavy-handed nationwide lockdown in the country are commonplace in the media. However, punishing migrant labourers by spraying them with pesticides in UP’s Bareilly amounts to cruelty and inhumanity, which cannot be criticised enough. The government should pay immediate attention.” However, some videos have also come to light in which police personnel are singing songs and offering other kinds of help to alleviate people’s boredom during the lockdown. RC Kesarwani, an 83-year-old from Lucknow, told the police that he was experiencing low sugar. After this, Lucknow Police reached his house with sweets and fed it to him with their own hands. Kesarwani’s son and daughter-in-law live in the US. Similarly, in Chhattisgarh’s Bilaspur, police were seen lessening people’s boredom in a residential area by singing songs for them.
In a shocking video, daily wagers and their kin in #UttarPradesh's #Bareilly were sprayed with pesticides to 'rid them of the #coronavirus'. Meanwhile, in contrast, #Chhattisgarh and @PuneCityPolice, cops were seen spreading awareness on #COVID_19 through songs pic.twitter.com/6ho52Wx3eW— GoNewsIndia (@GoNews_India) March 30, 2020