Bengaluru, May 20 -- Quttubuddin Khan and two of his friends from South 24 Parganas district in West Bengal, are down to their last Rs.700. This is all that remains of the Rs.1500 they made after selling household items like iron box, stove and utensils as they vacated their house on Monday night.

"We are staying at a friend's place and don't know how long supplies will last," 30-year old Khan, who worked as a tailor in Bengaluru said.

Khan and his friends had paid Rs.300 for an auto rickshaw ride to Bengaluru International Exhibition Centre (BIEC), located around 20 km from the city centre, only to be sent back by the police. BIEC has become a temporary transit centre where police would bring back migrant workers walking on highways, h...