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 In yet another escalation of the war of words between the Centre and the West Bengal government, Union home minister Amit Shah has said the West Bengal government is not allowing trains with migrant workers to reach the state that may further create hardship for the laborers.

In his letter, the Home Minister accused the Bengal government of not allowing "shramik (worker)" trains run by the Railways to reach the state and declared this to be an "injustice" for Bengali migrants stranded across the country.

The Home Minister said that the Centre has facilitated more than 200,000 migrant laborers to reach home and that migrant workers from West Bengal are also eager to reach home and the central government is also facilitating the train services.

Meanwhile, the Union Home Ministry on Wednesday slammed the state government for not enforcing Covid-19 containment measures effectively, allowing “specific groups in specific localities” in Kolkata and Howrah to violate the curbs as well as attack police and healthcare workers.

Responding to the charges, Trinamool Congress MP Shantanu Sen said: "This is most unfortunate. A Union secretary has written a letter full of lies..." and accused the center of "playing the communal card". He also attacked the center over failing to provide the state with adequate resources.

The first such "special" train to Bengal set off from Rajasthan's Ajmer this week - bound for Durgapur via Asansol - carrying 1,200 migrant workers.

Shortly after the first train was announced Banerjee tweeted that a second would bring back a similar number of people stranded in Kerala.

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