Tue, 12 May 2020 11:43 AM IST
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The plight of migrant workers, who have been walking thousands of kilometres to reach their hometowns amid the coronavirus lockdown, is heart-wrenching.
Since Monday night, four migrants, including a woman and her daughter, have been killed in car crashes in Haryana and Uttar Pradesh. Two migrant were also killed in UP earlier yesterday after a truck they had hitched a ride on to take a break from walking overturned in Gorakhpur.
On Tuesday morning, a migrant labourer was killed while another seriously injured when a car hit them on the Ambala-Jagadhri highway near Ambala Cantonment.
A group of migrant labourers told the police that they were headed towards their native village in Bihar's Purnia district from Punjab's Ludhiana on foot when the incident occurred.
The driver of the car fled the spot along with the vehicle after the incident, the police said, adding that they have got inputs about the vehicle and the driver would be nabbed soon.
The deceased was identified as Ashok Kumar (25) while the injured labourer was admitted to the civil hospital at Ambala Cantonment.
One of the labourers, who was part of the group, said around a dozen of them had commenced the journey on foot from Ludhiana two days ago as they were not able to register themselves for boarding one of the special trains of the Indian Railways.
The railways is running "Shramik" trains from various places for migrant labourers who want to go back to their native states.
One of the labourers said they decided to go back to their village in Bihar as the owner of the factory where they worked removed them from their jobs and there was no arrangement for their accommodation or food.
Meanwhile, a woman and her 6-year-old daughter, who were part of a group of migrants travelling from Maharashtra to Jaunpur in Uttar Pradesh, were killed after being hit by a truck. The incident took place in UP's Fatehpur when they were just short of their destination.
In the other incident in Rae Bareli, a 25-year-old migrant, Shiv Kumar Das, was cycling in a group from western UP's Bulandshahr to his village in Bihar when he was hit.
At least six migrant labourer were killed and 14 others injured when a truck in which they were travelling overturned in Madhya Pradesh's Narsinghpur district on Saturday night.
The incidents came close on the heels of 16 migrant workers, who were sleeping on rail tracks while returning to Madhya Pradesh, being crushed to death by a goods train in Aurangabad district of Maharashtra.
The migrant workers, rendered jobless due to the coronavirus lockdown, were walking along the rail tracks apparently to escape police attention.
The Centre on Sunday appealed to all states to permit the operation of more special trains for stranded workers so that they can reach home in the next three-four days itself.
Senior railway officials say the national transporter has a capacity to run around 300 trains per day ferrying around 20 lakh migrants in a maximum of five days, while it has operated 428 such Shramik Special trains since May 1 and carried home more than 4.5 lakh people.