In wake of rising incidents related to migrant labourers travelling back to their native states during lockdown, twin road accidents have occurred. In one accident, six migrant workers were mowed down by a state transport bus while they were walking towards Muzaffarnagar late on Wednesday night, May 13. The migrants were travelling from Punjab in the lockdown.
In another, eight migrant labourers dead and around 50 others have been injured in Madhya Pradesh's Guna after the truck they were travelling in collided with a bus in Cantt PS area last night. All the 8 killed labourers were going to their native places in UP from Maharashtra.
6 mowed down by bus in Muzaffarnagar, UP
The deceased have been identified as Harek Singh 51, his son Vikas 22, Guddu 18, Vasudev 22, Harish 28 and Virendra 28. The victims were migrant workers from Bihar and were walking home. Police are trying to trace their family members and ascertain where they had left from and exactly where they were going.
Anil Kaparvan, SHO Kotwali police station, Muzaffarnagar, said, "We received information around 11 p.m. that a group of persons walking on the NH-9 highway had been hit by a bus. On reaching the spot, we were told by locals that the people were migrants.
Six people were declared dead on arrival at the hospital while two have been referred to Meerut for advanced treatment. A case of negligence will be filed against the driver who left the vehicle and fled."
The bus was not carrying any passengers at the time of the accident. The SHO said, "It is possible that it was one of the buses being used in the evacuation process since no other public transport is operating at this point. The driver escaped and teams have been deployed to apprehend him."
Bloodstains and several pairs of slippers were strewn on the side of the road where the bus hit the persons from behind.
8 killed, 56 injured after in bus-truck collision in Guna, MP
At least 8 migrant workers have been killed and over 56 were injured after the truck in which they were travelling collided with a bus coming from the opposite direction in Madhya Pradesh's Guna district. The injured have been admitted to a nearby hospital for treatment. The incident took place on the intervening night of Wednesday and Thursday.
According to police, the migrant labourers were travelling from Maharashtra to Uttar Pradesh amid lockdown in the country. The tragic accident took place at Guna bypass near UP Dhaba. Guna collector S. Vishwanath confirmed that eight migrants were killed in the bus-truck collision.
Sources said the truck was overloaded with migrants and those killed and injured in the accident were travelling in the truck.