After Kerala CM toughens stance, police lathicharge migrants stranded on border

Hundreds of migrant Kerala natives, including women and children, who had reached Walayar Check-post on the Kerala-Tamil Nadu border on foot were beaten up by the police when they tried to enter the state. Close on the heels of Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan’s statement that his government won’t allow stranded Keralites enter their home state, the police launched a crackdown on the migrants. The migrants with children had a harrowing time in the sun with temperatures hovering around 40 degrees Celsius and without food.

Some migrants said they have been waiting since Saturday early morning but the police and the administration have done precious little to address their issue. “We are like caught between the devil and the deep sea. The Tamil Nadu police is not allowing us to go back and here the Kerala Police is baton-charging on us. Pinarayi Vijayan is a stone-hearted Communist,” said Sindhu, a nurse working in Chennai.

The Kerala government has not provided any amenities to the people stranded at the Check-post. According to migrants, it was Seva Bharati which provided food and water to them.

Meanwhile, Congress leader Sabarinath has said when other states are running buses and trains to bring back their citizens why Kerala is doing nothing to help stranded Malayalis.