Police officials inspect the spot where at least 24 migrants were killed and several injured after two trucks carrying labourers collided with each other in wee hours, in Auraiya, Saturday, May 16, 2020 | PTI
Police officials inspect the spot where at least 24 migrants were killed and several injured after two trucks carrying labourers collided with each other in wee hours, in Auraiya, Saturday, May 16, 2020 | PTI
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New Delhi: Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday condoled the death of migrant workers in a road accident in Uttar Pradesh, saying the government is carrying out relief work in full swing.

President Ram Nath Kovind expressed deep sadness. “Extremely saddened to learn about the tragic road accident in Auraiya, Uttar Pradesh. Local administration is making all efforts to help those affected. Thoughts and prayers with the bereaved families and with those injured,” the president tweeted.

At least 24 migrant labourers lost their lives and 36 people sustained injuries when two trucks collided in Auraiya in the early hours of Saturday.

According to police, some of the workers coming from Delhi had stopped for tea when the accident occurred between 3 am and 3.30 am on the Auraiya-Kanpur Dehat stretch of National Highway 19.

The impact of the collision was so huge that both vehicles overturned and fell into a ditch.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi also expressed his condolences. “Pained by the news of the death of 24 labourers and injuries to many people in the accident in Uttar Pradesh’s Auraiya. I express my deepest condolences to the families of the deceased and wish speedy recovery for those injured,” Gandhi said in a tweet.

Soon after, sister and Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi also took to Twitter, hitting out at the government

“Auraiya’s heart-rending incident has once again raised the question that why is the government not making proper arrangements for the migrant labourers to go home? Why are buses not being run in the states to take labourers home?” Gandhi said in a tweet.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said, “Extremely disturbed by the loss of lives in the accident in Auraiya. “The tragedy of migrant labourers keeps getting worse. Something needs to be done urgently,” Kejriwal said in a tweet.

Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav termed their death as “indescribable” sadness, saying such accidents are “not deaths, but murders”.

In another tweet, the SP chief said his party will give Rs 1 lakh to the family of each of the deceased.

“The news of the death of migrant labourers returning to their homes is heart wrenching. These are those people who run their homes. Hence, the Samajwadi Party will give Rs 1 lakh to the family of each of the deceased,” he said.

Yadav also accused the BJP-led state government of being “ruthless” and urged it to take moral responsibility of the incident.

“The ruthless BJP government must take moral responsibility, and provide Rs 10 lakh to each of the family of the deceased,” he added.


Also read: 24 migrant workers killed, 36 injured in truck collision in Uttar Pradesh


 

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