Six Migrant workers who were walking alone the Muzaffarnagar-Saharanpur highway were killed as a speeding bus ran over them. The accident left many injured.
According to a report by the news agency ANI, the accused driver is believed to have been driving under the influence of alcohol. The SSP of the region, Abhishek Yadav informed that the accused has now been arrested. The migrant workers were walking on foot to their homes in Bihar from the state of Haryana when the incident happened. The incident took place on the Delhi-Saharanpur highway between Ghalili Check Post and Rohana Toll Plaza.
The injured people namely Sushil, Nathu Saini, Pawan Saini, Pramod, and Ramji Rai were rushed to the hospital by the locals. Among the dead, two of them were identified as Bijender and Harsh. Bijender was 25 years old while Harsh was 20. The rest of them are yet to be identified.
In another incident, eight migrant laborers were killed after the truck they were traveling met with an accident. The truck collided with a bus. The incident happened in Madhya Pradesh’s Guna district. Fifty other migrant laborers have been injured in the accident. As per the reports, the eight deceased were traveling to their native in the state of Uttar Pradesh.
One tragedy after another
The incident comes in the wake of another tragic incident that happened last week. Close to six migrant workers were killed as a train ran over them. The migrant laborers who were walking to Chattisgarh had reportedly taken rest on the tracks due to exhaustion of the journey.
Since the lockdown was imposed, the country has been haunted with the problems of migrant laborers. Lack of work, money and food have forced the migrant laborers to travel to their native on foot as there was no arrangements of travel were made for the longest time. After 54 days of the lockdown, the government provided some relief to them by announcing Shramik trains that would help them reach their native. While many banked on the opportunity, it left many others stranded as they couldn’t afford the ticket prices. There have also been complaints of travel not being arranged to many other states.
Source: Free Press Journal