Twenty-four migrant workers were killed, and dozens were injured in Auraiya district of Uttar Pradesh after the truck they were travelling in collided with another vehicle.

The incident took place at around 3:30 AM. The truck was carrying around 50 workers, most of them were from Bihar, coming from Rajasthan. It collided with a van coming from Delhi in Auraiya district’s Mihauli area.

“Twenty-four people were brought dead, 22 have been admitted, and 15 who were critically injured have been referred to Saifai PGI,” Archana Srivastava, Auraiya’s Chief Medical Officer (CMO), said.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath expressed his deepest condolences to the family of the deceased. He has also directed that all the injured must be provided with medical care immediately and the commissioner and inspector general of police (Kanpur) to visit the site and give a report on the cause of the accident immediately.

Two station in-charge officers under whose jurisdiction the accident took place have been suspended. The CM also instructed the police to file cases against the owners of the two trucks and seize the vehicles.

Millions of migrant workers were left without work after the lockdown was announced on March 24. It forced the daily wagers to walk hundreds of kilometres to return to their villages. 

On May 8, 16 workers sleeping on tracks were run over by a goods train in Maharashtra’s Aurangabad district.

The government, starting May 1, announced special trains for migrant workers, but there are still far too few of them and far too many workers wanting to return home. Some of the workers do not have the documentation required to travel; others have not registered for the trains or buses being run.

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