Eight labourers died and over 54 suffered injuries after the truck they were travelling in was hit by a speeding bus in Madhya Pradesh’s Guna earlier this morning. The incident was reported hours after six migrant workers were run over by a bus on a highway in Uttar Pradesh. Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan expressed condolences over deaths of migrant workers.
In the other tragic incident from Uttar Pradesh, six migrant workers were run over by a state government bus on a highway in the Muzaffarnagar district on Wednesday night. The workers had been walking to their hometown in Bihar from Punjab amid the coronavirus lockdown.
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has ordered a top state government official to carry out an enquiry about the circumstances leading to the accident. He has also announced a compensation of Rs 2 lakh to the family of the dead and Rs 50,000 for the injured.
Accidents involving migrant workers who are walking home have been reported from across the country in recent days. Last week, 16 migrant workers in a group of 20 were killed after a cargo train ran over them while they were sleeping on the tracks in Maharashtra’s Aurangabad.