[splco_heading size=”15″ align=”left” margin=”30″]Around eight labourers were killed and over 54 injured after their truck was hit by a speeding bus in Madhya Pradesh’s Guna on Thursday morning. They were travelling from Maharashtra to their hometown in Uttar Pradesh.[/splco_heading]
The incident reportedly took place around 3 am. Most of the migrant workers are reported to be from Unnao, Uttar pradesh
“The incident took place near a bypass. The labourers were travelling from Mumbai to their hometown in Unnao in Uttar Pradesh,” said a police official.
“The incident took place in Guna bypass road. The labourers were travelling from Mumbai to their hometown in Unnao in Uttar Pradesh.
A bus was travelling from Guna to Ahmedabad. Three people have minor injuries. We are making efforts to send them to Unnao,” said a police official.
[splco_quote]Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan expressed condolences over deaths of migrant workers. “Received the tragic news of accident involving migrant labourers travelling from Maharashtra to Uttar Pradesh. I pray to god to give their loved ones strength to overcome this,” tweeted Mr Chouhan in Hindi.[/splco_quote]
Millions of the migrants workers in India who got locked down due to the 6 hours sudden notice by centre Modi government didn’t head out during the first lockdown from March 24 to April 14 because they believed it would not last long.
They also believed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s words that physical distancing was important to ensure they didn’t get the COVID-19 infection.
But then the second lockdown was announced,and their meagre savings of less than Rs 6,000 began to deplete, and hunger became a constant companion.
When the government announced that trains and buses would be taking them home, they believed it, only to be let down again.
Reports are coming out regularly from North India local news agencies due to lack of food and dehydration many poor Migrant workers who cross Indian states by foot for more than 700 kms die unaccounted on Highways .
Accidents involving migrant workers who are walking home have been reported from across the country in recent days are going high . Last week, 16 migrant workers in a group of 20 were killed after a cargo train ran over them while they were sleeping on the tracks in Maharashtra’s Aurangabad.