New Delhi/Mumbai, April 15 (IANS) Addressing a press meet via video conferencing, two Maharashtra ministers Ashok Chavan and Balasahab Thoraton Wednesday blamed the railways for the assembling of the migrants and said that action will be taken against those responsible for this fiasco. They alleged there is a political conspiracy going in in the state to destabilize the government.
Ashok Chavan said, "A railway circular issued by Secundrabad Railway from Deputy Chief Commercial Manager, said that Jansadharan Express will run. This led to confusion in the migrants and they assembled at Bandra station. Action will be taken against those responsible for this confusion as it could have led to a major accident."
"The incident has been used to destabilize the Maharashtra government and people are writing to impose President''s rule in the state. Who is patronizing this type of theory," questioned Chavan.
While Balasahab Thorat said that the railways was booking tickets till 2 p.m. on Wednesday. At whose behest it was done, asked Thorat adding that "in the crowd people of all sects and regions were present and its incorrect that only people from one community were there and everybody wanted to go home even as the state has imposed restrictions on the movement."
The ministers alleged that the state is coordinating with the Centre but the union government is not cooperating with the state in taking any crucial decision.
The Congress leaders seemed upset with the series of events in the state and said that only when the party local MLA Zeeshan Siddiqui pacified the crowd the people dispersed. However, Chavan said that the government will investigate the whole issue including the laxity of police that how people came to the place and why the police used force against them.
The Mumbai Police on Wednesday arrested a man from Navi Mumbai for allegedly posting messages on social media which triggered a huge rush of migrants to Bandra on Tuesday evening, officials said.
The prime accused, Vinay Dube, was detained by Navi Mumbai Police early on Wednesday, and after the preliminary questioning was handed over to the Bandra Police.
Besides, several other persons have also been booked, including a channel reporter, for alleged fake messages that resulted in the massive gathering.