Twenty four (24) migrants were killed and dozens were injured when the trucks they were travelling in collided at around 3 am in Uttar Pradesh’ Auraiya district, about 200 km from Lucknow. This is the latest incident where stranded migrant workers – left jobless due to the coronavirus lockdown – have been killed in an accident while trying to return home. It is known news that Tens of thousands of people have been walking home from big cities after being laid off because of the lockdown to contain the spread of coronavirus disease since late March.
The trailer truck, carrying around fifty migrant labourers, was coming from Rajasthan State when it collided with a van coming from Delhi in Auraiya district’ Mihauli area.
Archana Srivastava, Auraiya’s Chief Medical Officer said, “24 people were brought dead, 22 have been admitted and 15 who were critically injured have been referred to Saifai PGI.”
Uttar Pradesh Chief minister Yogi Adityanath has taken note of the accident in Auraiya and expressed his deepest condolences to the families of the labourers who lost their lives in this accident.
Before this, 15 migrant workers on their way back home were killed in 3 accidents, 1 each in Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Bihar earlier this week.