24 migrant labourers killed after two trucks collide in UP's Auraiya


As many as 24 labourers were killed and several injured after the truck they were traveling in, collided with a supply lorry near Auraiya in Uttar Pradesh early on Saturday, said police. 


According to the official report, the incident occurred at around 3.30am. The trailer truck carrying migrant workers was coming from Rajasthan and the supply lorry was coming from Delhi.

The trailer truck was filled with construction material and was travelling from Bharatpur in Rajasthan towards Gorakhpur.

As per the report, all the workers were mostly from Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal. 

UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath expressed his condolences to the families of the labourers who lost their lives.

Yogi Adityanath has directed Commissioner and Inspector General Kanpur to visit the site and give the report on the cause of the accident immediately.

"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.

Chief Minister has also directed that all the injured be provided medical care immediately and the Commissioner and IG Kanpur to visit the site and give the report on the cause of the accident.

Two station in-charge officers under whose jurisdiction the accident took place have been suspended over the incident and both the trucks have been seized; cases have been filed against the truck drivers. 

In a tweet, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the incident is "extemely tragic". 

"The road accident in Uttar Pradesh's Auraiya is extremely tragic. The government is involved in the relief work. I express my condolences to the families of those killed in the accident, and wish the injured a speedy recovery," PM Modi tweeted in Hindi this morning.

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.

Specials buses and trains are being organised by the central government and states for those stranded due to the nationwide shutdown yet many are still undertaking journeys of hundreds of kilometres on foot with their families.

With inputs from media reports

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