For the 44th video dispatch in the StoriesAsia On The Road series, our reporter, Mohit Kushwaha, visited the Madhya Pradesh-Uttar Pradesh state border to look at the plight of thousands of migrant workers who were being sent back to their home states. Stranded in the western states of Maharashtra and Gujarat due to the COVID-19 lockdown, the workers were given no option but to return to their home states of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Jharkhand. They were packed away in trucks. Each truck carried 50 to 60 of them with no possibility of social distancing. Only a few of them could afford to pay about 5,000 rupees per person to hire a truck on their own.
** “On the Road” is a new series by StoriesAsia on the Coronavirus outbreak where we bring you stories that help you respond to this ongoing historic pandemic. Using their vehicles, StoriesAsia journalists will travel around to bring you stories of not just pain and suffering but also healing and heroism.