LUCKNOW || In a heart gutting incident as many as 25 migrant labourers were killed in Uttar Pradesh’s Auraiyya district on Saturday when the truck they were travelling in collided with another, police said. Many others have been injured, some critically.
The incident brought to the fore again the mammoth tragedy faced by migrant labourers across the country, amid the national lockdown owing to COVID-19. Desperate to reach the safe confines of their homes, labourers from big cities like Mumbai, Delhi are travelling hundreds of miles on foot, sometimes hitching in trucks and tractors.
Police said the labourers were headed to Bihar and West Bengal and were in one of the trucks involved in the accident. The vehicles were coming from Delhi and Rajasthan, a police official told The News Agency. Chief Minister YogiA Adityanath has expressed his condolence at the loss of lives and has directed the district administration and police officials to ensure relief and rescue operations.