Vijayawada: Police seized a container truck for illegally transporting 62 migrant workers at Pondugala checkpost under Dachepalli mandal in Guntur district on Wednesday.
According to Dachepalli police, they received a tip off and stopped the vehicle at the checkpost and verified the container to find several workers from Uttar Pradesh sitting inside under congested conditions.
All 62 migrant workers were heading towards Lucknow from where they would then disperse to their respective villages in the state.
Chinni Krishna, deputy superintendent of police, said that all of them work in the district on a seasonal basis at farmlands and other hard labour. The DSP said that the empty container truck bearing a Rajasthan registration RJ 11 GB 5439 was heading towards that direction and the daily wager hired it by paying a bulk amount together.
Cops also noted that some workers were in an inebriated state and were detained at the spot and further action would be taken based on government orders.
This is not the first time the cops have intercepted a vehicle illegally transporting migrants at Pondugala inter-state checkpost.
On April 20, police were in for a shock after detaining three students during an inspection. The three were found hiding in a milk van. They were planning to go to Singarayakonda in Prakasam from Miryalaguda in Telangana. In some cases, the workers were found taking a risky path of crossing railway bridges, hiring boat operators to reach Suryapet and Nalgonda through Krishna river waters.
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