Varavara Rao and Shoma Sen along with the seven other accused in the case have also sought access to their family members and lawyers through telephone since jail authorities have suspended prison visits for over a week, over coronavirus pandemic.
The fact that provisions were not made for migrant labourers to get their daily bread or return home while announcing the lockdown on Tuesday, forced many to start walking over 500 km to their homes in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat.
The Maharashtra Legal Services Authority on Friday wrote to principal district judges across state directing them to identify undertrial prisoners and take appropriate action to release them on interim bail.
Those who returned before the shutdown too, zilla parishad members were tasked with going from home to home, to take down the details like their names, travel history and contact numbers. They have also been advised to remain at home for 14 days.
Deshmukh said that those being released would include inmates behind bars for offences with punishment up to seven years. However, convicts who are serving sentence for serious offences like terror and major economic offences will not be eligible.
Kasturba Hospital on Wednesday conducted 372 tests in 24 hours, the highest so far till now in Mumbai. Across Maharashtra, 2,988 people with suspected coronavirus symptoms have been admitted in hospitals. So far, 2,531 samples have tested negative.
“We requested Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) officials who did the burial to plant a sapling. It may be some closure, some remembrance for the family as their loved one is buried so far away,” said a member of the Muslim community who assisted authorities with the burial.
With the Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray’s appeal to employers to at least pay minimum wages to workers not feasible for smaller manufacturing units, who themselves are staring at losses, labourers in the city fear they will be forced to live on the streets.
However, this has not meant less work for the police, as they have been responding to several complaints about people in chawls and buildings who have returned from abroad and are not staying indoors. Police are also hesitant to arrest people as it would mean taking precautions for them as well.