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Food, milk, sanitary pads: Jamaat-e-Islami Hind turns saviour for migrants passing through Bhopal

Unperturbed by how the word ‘Jamaat’ has been vilified after members of the Tablighi Jamaat were accused of spreading the coronavirus, the Jamaat-e-Islami Hind has set up a 24-hour helpdesk on the Vidisha Bypass road on the outskirts of Madhya Pradesh’s Bhopal where passing migrant labourers are being provided with food and other essentials. 

Jamaat-e-Islami volunteers have ensured food for those who are hungry, milk for children, shoes and slippers for those undertaking long, arduous journeys back home on foot and medicine for those who are sick. India Today TV visited the helpdesk post-midnight on Monday and found a spirited team of Jamaat volunteers rushing towards every bus that passed with migrant labourers. 

“This is not from any politician or any political party, this is not even help, you are us, so please accept these,” the volunteers could be seen appealing to migrant labourers as they offered them food, water, fruits, biscuits and milk. “It is not just food and water, we have even bought sanitary pads for women who need them. These men, women and children are in distress, they just need human help,” a volunteer told India Today TV.

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