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Covid-19: Delhi Police seal Bengali Market after 35 workers found in pastry shop

The Delhi Police on Wednesday sealed the Bengali Market in the national capital after it emerged that 35 workers were living on the rooftop of a pastry shop, ignoring all social distancing norms, NDTV reported. The workers were taken to coronavirus quarantine shelters. Two of them who were unwell were taken to hospitals for Covid-19 testing.

A first information report has been filed against Bengali Pastry Shop & Snack Bar for endangering lives by violating the 21-day nationwide lockdown imposed to break the chain of infections. However, the shop claimed that it allowed the workers to stay as they had nowhere else to go.

Tens of thousands of migrant labourers attempted to leave major cities for their villages late last month, after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the lockdown on March 25. However, the Centre, fearing a spread of Covid-19 through mass contact, asked state governments to seal all borders. The labourers were to be given accommodation and food by the government near their places of work.

In a statement issued early on Thursday, the Bengali Pastry Shop & Snack Bar accused the media of spreading misinformation. In a tweet, the shop said that it had been shut since March 25, and workers from three different establishments were staying there….

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