New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: At least six migrant workers were killed and two others were injured after a speeding Uttar Pradesh government bus ran over them on Muzzafarnagar-Saharanpur highway near Ghalauli check-post in state’s Muzaffarnagar district, during the late hours of Wednesday, the police said today.

According to the police, the accident happened at 11 pm on Wednesday. The bus which ran over them was empty and the bus driver is on the run. The police have also registered a case against the unknown bus driver.

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The police also said that the migrant workers had been coming from Punjab and were walking to their native villages in Bihar due to the coronavirus-induced nation-wide lockdown. Four of the deceased migrant workers were from Gopalganj, while one was from Patna and one from Bhojpur.   

All the eight workers killed were going to their native place in UP from Maharashtra, while the injured have been shifted to the district hospital.

According to news agency IANS, the deceased have been identified as Harek Singh 51, his son Vikas 22, Guddu 18, Vasudev 22, Harish 28 and Virendra 28.

Anil Kaparvan, SHO Kotwali police station, Muzaffarnagar, as quoted by IANS, said, "We received information around 11 p.m. that a group of persons walking on the NH-9 highway had been hit by a bus. On reaching the spot, we were told by locals that the people were migrants. Six people were declared dead on arrival at the hospital while two have been referred to Meerut for advanced treatment. A case of negligence has been filed against the driver who left the vehicle and fled."

Former UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, soon after the news broke out, expressed grief over the unfortunate incident and tweeted, “Deep grief over the painful death of migrant workers in the Muzaffarnagar bus accident in Uttar Pradesh. First train and now bus accident, why the lives of workers are so cheap? Can not the poor of the country come via Vande Bharat Mission? It is not right to fly so high that the truth on the ground is ignored."

Meanwhile, the Chief Minister Yogi Adityanth has announced Rs 2 Lakh each ex-gratia to next of the kin of the deceased & compensation of Rs 50,000 each to injured. Officers have been directed to send bodies of the workers to Bihar. Saharanpur Divisional Commissioner has been asked to submit report after investigation, said UP CMO.

Earlier last week, the UP government in a statement had directed officers to ensure that no migrant workers walk on the road at any cost. 

Accidents involving migrant workers who were walking home have been reported from across the country. In a similar incident happened on yesterday night, eight migrant labourers lost their lives, while nearly 50 were severely injured after a truck collided with a bus in Cantt PS area in Guna, Madhya Pradesh.

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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.

Posted By: Talib Khan