A group of migrant workers sit on top of the trailer seen at the Agra-Gwalior highway | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announcement of a 21-day lockdown in India has triggered a mass exodus of migrant workers from the national capital.

A large number of migrant workers have been seen over the last few days at bus stations in Delhi, trying to return to their homes amid the lockdown. Several workers have also been forced to embark long journeys to their respective destinations across Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, among other states, on foot owing to an absence of transport facilities.

On Saturday, the Delhi-Ghaziabad border a stampede-like situation when thousands of workers fought among themselves to find seats on buses deployed by the Uttar Pradesh administration.

ThePrint’s Praveen Jain and Suraj Singh Bisht bring pictures from the Agra-Gwalior highway and the Delhi-Ghaziabad border.

Amid confusion over transportation, migrant workers catch some rest in construction pipelines. Seen at the Delhi-Ghaziabad border. | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint
A family leaves on foot by taking the Agra-Gwalior highway. | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
The 21-day lockdown has also resulted in many stray cows that have taken to empty roads. | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
A mother helps her child climb over the railing near the Delhi-Ghaziabad border. | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint
A family sits on top of a trailer on the Agra-Gwalior highway. | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
It’s hard to practice social distancing when there are large crowds and limited buses to take everyone home. A visual of the Delhi-Ghaziabad border Saturday. | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint
A man carries his children while pursuing a long journey home on foot. The Agra-Gwalior highway has witnessed many migrant workers travelling like this owing to no transportation services. | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Migrant workers line up for food at the Agra-Gwalior highway. | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
A man carries his child on his shoulders while pursuing a long journey home by taking the Agra-Gwalior highway. | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
A father carries his child on a suitcase while walking home. Seen at Agra-Gwalior highway | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Members of a family wearing masks to protect themselves from coronavirus look out of a bus window. Spotted at the Delhi-Ghaziabad border. | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

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  1. Just one more side effect of the Superman syndrome – where the prime leader exhibits a tendency to assume he needs to showcase superhero skills while running or saving the world/ country all by himself as opposed to being a credible leader of a strong team of competent senior ministers and experienced professionals. And makes a habit of using prime time slot of 8pm to launch yet another audacious operation, all by himself, a veritable Superman!

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