On May 23, when Mukesh Kumar Sahni came to Muzaffarpur in Bihar and was placed in isolate at an administration school, it had been 15 days since he had enrolled his name for a Shramik Special train from Ahmedabad.
Asharfi Lal Sahni (41), the temporary worker of 46 vagrant workers from Bihar, dealing with a skyscraper venture in Science City of Ahmedabad, had bragged having flown in a close unfilled departure from Patna on March 22. Entrusted with managing these laborers, Sahni had told this paper, “We would like to stay back… We have food to survive for a fortnight but there is no way we can reach Bihar doing what other migrant workers are doing (walking homeward).”
On May 19, in the fourth phase of lockdown, an anxious Sahni was ready to walk back home. For this duration, the group of workers had been stranded without any work or money. “Our bags are packed and we are ready to walk to Bihar… We have no option left.”