Maharashtra: On their way to UP, migrant workers get trapped in 1,600-feet deep valley while hiding from cops

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The four migrant workers entered the valley to bypass the police checkpoint in Kasara.

Thul Ghat in Kasara-Igatpuri section of Central Railway

Police in Maharashtra’s Thane district rescued four migrant workers who were trapped in a valley, 1,600 feet deep, in the Kasara Ghat. The four workers had entered the valley to hoodwink police officials and cross the police checkpoint located ahead on the Thane-Nashik district border.

The four migrant workers have been identified as Narendra Chaudhary, Bhupal Nisar, Rajesh Kaul and Fulvant Rawat. The workers are natives of Uttar Pradesh and worked as loaders in a warehouse for a major e-commerce company in Bhiwandi. The warehouse owner had not paid their salaries and had reportedly asked them to vacate the premises leaving them with no other option than to leave for their native homes.

The four decided to walk 1,500 kilometers to reach their homes and started walking on the Mumbai-Agra highway with their bags on their backs on Thursday. At around 10 pm, the four reached Kasara and saw a police checkpoint ahead. The migrant workers thought that the police might send them back or arrest them for violating the lockdown which is when they decided to cross the valley in order to bypass the checkpoint.

Soon after they stepped down into the valley, the four men found themselves stuck.

The deep gorge that they were stuck in had dense forest cover and it was pitch dark which prevented them from seeing anything even at an arm’s length and with the use of their mobile phone flashlights.

Unable to locate the right direction, they kept going deeper inside the valley. Fearing that they might fall through a cliff or in some gorge, they waited at the spot for some time. However, the fear of snakes and scorpions forced them to alert emergency services.

One of the workers then called the control room (100) and sought help. A team of police personnel accompanied by a few locals then coordinated with the migrant workers and arrived at their location, said inspector Dattu Bhoye attached to the Kasara police station.

“There is dense foliage of trees and shrubs in the valley and it makes it very difficult to move and locate directions, the workers couldn’t provide any clues so we asked them to switch on the Google location and share it with us. Based on that, we somehow reached them and rescued them at around 6 am on Friday,” added Bhoye.

The rescue team handed the workers over to the Igatpuri police in the Nashik district. All four have now been placed under quarantine.

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