FARUKKHABAD || The Uttar Pradesh Police late on Monday night busted an operation planned by a truck driver to sneak through 55 migrant labourers from Maharashtra to Nepal. He had charged them Rs 2 lakhs for the possible escape to their home during a nationwide lockdown.
The DCM driver had promised to safely take them to Nepal from Maharashtra, at a fee of Rs 3500 per person. These labourers are all from various places in Nepal and had been working as daily wagers in Mumbai.
Police on duty in Farrukhabad had stopped a DCM for checking at Lal Gate. The driver initially told the police that he was carrying essential supplies but the police insisted on checking the vehicle.
When they took off the cover from the back, 55 labourers – men and women had been stuffed inside. They were immediately taken down by the police personnel and sent for quarantine to Amritpur quarantine centre.
The people on the mini-truck told the police that they were running out of ration and other essential items due to the lockdown. They pooled in their savings to go back home and that’s how they started their journey from Maharashtra to Nepal.