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Uttar Pradesh: 24 Migrants Killed,Many Injured After Two Trucks Collide
"The death of migrant workers in a road accident in Auraiya district is unfortunate and sad. My condolences to the bereaved families".
Uttar Pradesh: 24 Migrants Killed, Many Injured After Two Trucks Collide
New Delhi: In Uttar Pradesh's Auraiya district, twenty-four migrants were killed and many were injured when two trucks collided at around 3 am. This is the latest incident where the stranded migrants trying to reach their home due to coronavirus lockdown have been killed in an accident.
Desperate to return home, the separate group of migrants took a ride on trucks from Rajasthan and Delhi, they were heading to their village in Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal, according to the officials. The truck was coming from Rajasthan and was transporting wheat packets and also picked some migrants from Haryana.
Senior police officer Jai Narayan Singh said "Some people had got down from one of the trucks that stopped at a Dhaba to have tea. That was when the collision happened. We are still trying to figure out why so many people were packed in those vehicles coming from Delhi and Rajasthan. Those injured have been admitted to hospitals".
Sadden visuals of chaos from the accident site show injured laborers getting help from locals and policemen after the accident. Whereas a large number of policemen can be seen carrying out the rescue operations and some of them can be seen pulling out food packets.
"The death of migrant workers in a road accident in Auraiya district is unfortunate and sad. My condolences to the bereaved families. Instructions have been given to ensure relief and medical treatment for those injured. A probe has also been ordered," Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath tweeted in Hindi this morning.
जनपद औरैया में सड़क दुर्घटना में प्रवासी कामगारों/श्रमिकों की मृत्यु दुर्भाग्यपूर्ण एवं दुःखद है, मेरी संवेदनाएं मृतकों के शोक संतप्त परिजनों के साथ हैं।— Yogi Adityanath (@myogiadityanath) May 16, 2020
पीड़ितों को हर संभव राहत प्रदान करने,घायलों का समुचित उपचार कराने व दुर्घटना की त्वरित जांच करवाने के निर्देश भी दिए गए हैं।
Also Yesterday, Yogi Adityanath had urged the migrants' workers not to walk or travel 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.
This morning's accident prompted strong reactions from the opposition leaders. "I demand that the Chief Minister should take action against the officers who didn't fulfill their responsibilities. Families of those who were killed or injured in this accident should be provided financial assistance. I express my condolences to the bereaved families," BSP chief Mayawati said.
देश की सड़कों पर घर वापसी करते लुटे/लाचार लाखों प्रवासी मजदूर व उनके बिलकते परिवारों की भूख, बदहाली व रास्ते में हो रही मौतों के टीवी दृश्य हृदयविदारक व अति-दुःखद। ऐसे में केन्द/राज्य सरकारों द्वारा आजकी उनकी जिन्दगी-मौत की लड़ाई से निपटने के लिए कारगर व्यवस्था तत्काल लागू हो।— Mayawati (@Mayawati) May 15, 2020
"Yesterday, the Chief Minister said that for the laborers who come to UP or pass-through state, officers will make arrangements for their food, transit, and shelter. It's unfortunate that CM's directions are not being taken seriously by officers because of which a big accident occurred today," she added.
Earlier in Uttar Pradesh, six migrant workers were run over by a government bus on a highway in the state's Muzaffarnagar district, the police said this morning. Two workers were injured.
Amid the coronavirus lockdown, the workers had been walking to their hometown Gopalganj in Bihar from Punjab.
Supreme Court yesterday dismissing a petition that asked that the centre be ordered to provide food and water to migrants on the move, the Supreme Court said that: "It is impossible for this court to monitor who is walking and not walking."
The Supreme Court also said sternly: "Let the state decide. Why should the court hear or decide?"
Supreme Court also said that it is for the state to decide."There are people walking and not stopping. How can we stop it," the judges said.
On the train accident, the court said: "How can anyone stop this when they sleep on railway tracks?"