On the 16th of May, another incident took away lives of migrant workers, walking home amid the lockdown.
Around 2:30 A.M., on the 16th of May, 24 migrants were killed and 37 were left injured after a truck accident. While 24 migrants died at spot, 38 are said to be injured and undergoing treatment at a nearby hospital of Auraiya, Uttar Pradesh. Fifteen workers are said to be in a critical condition.
Speaking about the details, Kamlesh Kumar Dixit, the Superintendent of Police (SP) in Uttar Pradesh said, “The accident happened between 2 am and 3 am on Saturday under the Kotwali police station at a place called Mihauli. A trolley truck, which was coming from Rajasthan and was loaded with white putti. It had people who were headed to Jharkhand, Bihar and West Bengal. The truck was stationed at Mihauli at a dhaba where people were getting tea. A DCM truck which was coming from Delhi which had around 20 migrant workers. The DCM truck hit the trolley after the driver possibly fell asleep on the wheel. Both vehicles overturned. (the) police reached the spot as soon as we got information.”
This is the third such accident which killed migrant workers in the past few days.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed grief over the incident and assured a relief package to the families of the deceased and also to the injured people. Mr. Modi said, “The road accident in Uttar Pradesh’s Auraiya is extremely tragic. The government is involved in the relief work. I express my condolences to the families of those killed in this accident, as well as wish the injured a speedy recovery.”
उत्तर प्रदेश के औरैया में सड़क दुर्घटना बेहद ही दुखद है। सरकार राहत कार्य में तत्परता से जुटी है। इस हादसे में मारे गए लोगों के परिजनों के प्रति अपनी संवेदना प्रकट करता हूं, साथ ही घायलों के जल्द से जल्द स्वस्थ होने की कामना करता हूं।
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) May 16, 2020
Meanwhile, the Uttar Pradesh Government announced compensation of Rs. 2 lakhs for the deceased families and Rs. 50,000 to the injured in the wake of the tragic accident.
The State Government also urged migrant workers to stay back and avoid travelling to their homes by themselves.
In the past days, disappointed with the state governments, many migrants across India started their journey by themselves amid the nationwide lockdown.
Though state governments are trying to transport through special Shramik Express, at once they could only transport 1,200 workers. Till date, 932 Shramik Special trains were operated by the Indian Railways, ferrying more than 12 lakh migrant workers.
However, nearly 28 lakh migrants are stranded in different parts of India, demanding to go back to their homes.
Stay tuned for further updates.