Desperate to reach home, 24 migrant workers killed in UP road accident

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Twenty-four migrants were killed and more than 30 were injured when the trucks they were travelling in collided at around  in Uttar Pradesh’s Auraiya district, NDTV reported.

Desperate migrants had hitched ride on two trucks from Rajasthan and Delhi; they were headed to Bihar, Jharkhand, UP and West Bengal.

One of the trucks was loaded with goods and labourers were sitting on the sacks when they were thrown off the vehicle due to the impact of the collision.

“Some people had got down from one of the trucks that stopped at a dhaba to have tea. That was when the collision happened and labourers who were sitting on the sacks were thrown off. We are still trying figure out why so many people were packed in those vehicles coming from Delhi and Rajasthan. Those injured have been admitted to hospitals,” senior police officer Jai Narayan Singh was quoted as saying by NDTV.

A probe has been ordered into the Auraiya incident and a compensation of Rs 2 lakh has been announced for the families of those who died and Rs 50,000 for those injured. Two police officers have been suspended and both the trucks have been seized; cases have been filed against the truck drivers.

The state has also decided to deploy 200 buses in each of the border districts to help migrants reach their homes.

Another road accident was reported from Madhya Pradesh’s Sagar district this morning that killed five labouers. The truck they were travelling in overturned. The group began their journey from Maharashtra and they were going to UP.

Specials buses and trains are being organised by the central government and states for those stranded due to the nationwide shutdown yet many are still undertaking arduous journeys of hundreds of kilometres on foot with their families.

Yesterday, Yogi Adityanath had appealed to the migrants to avoid travelling on their own. “I appeal to all the migrant workers to not walk or travel on their own. Inform our nodal officers, they will help and provide you transport for free. All officials have been directed to take migrant workers entering the state to quarantine centers&be provided comfort,” he said.

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