26 migrant workers killed, 36 injured in UP accident
KANPUR: Yet another desperate journey has ended in tragedy on the side of a highway. Twenty-six more migrant labourers fleeing joblessness and hunger will never see home again. They died when a trailer truck carrying sacks of lime and 50 people drove into the back of a stationary DCM truck carrying another 20 people on National Highway 19 in Auraiya district, Uttar Pradesh, around 3.15am on Saturday. Thirty-six were injured.
The DCM truck, carrying migrant workers from Ghaziabad, had stopped at a roadside eatery near Chirhauli village. The trailer truck driver didn’t see the stationary vehicle. He appeared to have fallen asleep, ASP Kamlesh Kumar Dikshit told TOI. The majority of the victims were those on the trailer truck.
Reports said that around 50 migrants on the trailer truck were from Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal and UP and had been travelling from Rajasthan. The DCM truck, carrying 20 migrant labourers, had been heading towards Sagar district of Madhya Pradesh.
Of the 36 injured, 20 were shifted to Saifai Medical University in Etawah as their condition was stated to be critical, while 16 were admitted to the district hospital in Auraiya.
On Friday, at least 15 migrant workers had been killed in three separate incidents in UP, Madhya Pradesh and Bihar. The UP go nment had announced on Friday that district authorities must ensure that migrant workers do not walk or cycle home and are provided transport.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Adityanath and leaders of several opposition parties expressed grief over the loss of life. The CM has announced an ex gratia of Rs 2 lakh for the families of the deceased and Rs 50,000 for the injured.
“The trailer truck collided with the DCM from behind. The impact was so severe that both vehicles overturned and fell into a roadside ditch. Nearly 42 labourers sitting on the trailer and 20 on the DCM truck were injured. Of them, 26 died before reaching hospital,” Dikshit added.
IGP Mohit Agarwal said the police would investigate why so many people were travelling on just two vehicles.
IGP Mohit Agarwal表示，警方将调查为什么两辆车载了这么多人。
The accident spot was littered with backpacks and belongings of the dead and the injured. A senior police officer said many labourers were crushed to death under sacks of lime. The bodies have been sent for post-mortem and efforts are on to contact their family members.
Auraiya DM Abhishek Singh said investigations were on to establish the exact cause of the accident. “As of now we have been able to ascertain the identities of 18 victims. The identities of seven others are yet to be ascertained,” Singh added.
An official said the 26 deceased included 12 migrant labourers from Jharkhand. “The death toll is likely to go up,” he said.
The CM directed senior officials to visit the site. “The chief minister has also directed that all the injured be provided medical care immediately and the commissioner and IG Kanpur visit the site and immediately file a report on the cause of the accident,” said UP additional chief secretary (home) Awanish Awasthi.
Hope Priyanka, Mayawati Akhilesh will give at least 5 lacs each to the dead and 3 lacs to the injured.
Media now will say Pakistan hand behind it.
Dr. Rajendra L. Banerjee
Nobody, not even God can save such reckless and illegal people from such accidents.
may their souls rest in peace.
High time that public should come to streets and ask this fas-ists govt to step down else all poor workers will be murdered by this Govt
Idiots can keep blaming govt 4 everything.
I feel depressed. To be a poor is a curse.
Where are the proponents of Modi govt ? Not a single comment from them over this news.
Umesh Chandra Sharma
Modiji and Yoguki this is truth and not what you blabber on TV... these deaths are on you, on your mis management and negligence and incompetence
When people will learn how and where to park vehicle?
This fatalities will be higher than virus
The Central Gov has released a mobile app to provide food and support to poor and hungry migrant walking on the highway. Please immediately install it in your smart phone....YES! India is the first country to save its people...
Very sad, No one is bothered about poor migrants. They are left in the open to fend themselves. Either they die of hunger, or accidents, or covid. Some one needs to answer the issue of migrants. Who will do this?
A Government which cares Least about its Subjects. Failure in all disciplines including Finance and economy.
How can you be a super power if you can't look after your own citizens ? The poor and downtrodden who truly depend on the go nment .
Fake condolences of Mr modi. If he had courage he should had opened up public transport for 5 days, made it absolutely free ,allow everyone to reach their places.that is real relief package. But he doesn't. Nobody cares for poor. The life of poor is cheap in the country and especially under the modi govt.
K Mohan Twincities
Migrants have been battered in this Covid 19 lock down beyond words
It is not the f***ing covid but indian roads will kill more!
another master stroke by our Modiji !!
I am wondering how many of these unfortunate labourers had voted for this heartless brainless fraudster in 2019.
almost 99% of them voted for bjp.It is punishment time for them
Shame on the Modi Govt,how it ignored the millions of Indian migrants,shame.