B’lore Police urges Odia migrants not to leave amid COVID-19 lockdown

Bhubaneswar: Amid the migrants leaving the places due to COVID-19 pandemic, Bengaluru police appealed to Odia people stranded there not to leave the city during nationwide lockdown.

In a video message, Bengaluru Commissioner of Police Bhaskar Rao urged the workers from Odisha to stay safe there as the Karnataka Government is committed to take care of them.

“Stay here and resume work. I urge everyone not to panic. We will provide all of you the best services here,” Rao said.

He said that Karnakata Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa has assured his Odisha counterpart Naveen Patnaik that the state will look after Odia migrants stuck in various parts of the city due to lockdown.

“During discussion with Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik, Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa has committed to provide all sorts of assistance to Odia people in Karnataka,” the IPS officer told in the message adding, “Don’t panic. Both Centre and State Government are with you. We are trying to reach out all the workers stranded here during the situation.”

He suggested the migrants to be in touch with the Bengaluru Police if they face any issue during the period.

“If required contact the nearest police station for assistance. The CM has directed all the police and administrative officials to take care of labour class and ensure them to avail proper food and accommodation,” Rao said.

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