Auraiya | Jagran News Desk: At least 24 migrants workers were killed while over 20 people suffered injuries after the trailer truck in which they were traveling in, collided with a DCM van coming from Delhi in Uttar Pradesh's Auraiya.

The police have reached the spot and a rescue operation is underway. The police said that the migrant workers -- natives of Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal -- were coming from Rajasthan, adding that the truck in which they were travelling was carrying around 50 stranded labourers.

Auraiya Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Archana Srivastava said that 22 peopler were injured in the incident, adding that 15 labourers, who were critically injured in the accident, have been referred to Saifai PGI. 

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"The incident took place at around 3:30 am. 24 people have died and around 15-20 have suffered injuries. Most of them are Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal," said Auraiya District Magistrate (DM) Abhishek Singh, as quoted by news agency ANI.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has taken note of the incident and expressed his deepest condolences to the families of the labourers who lost their lives, said Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Awanish Awasthi.

Adityanath has also directed Commissioner and Inspector General Kanpur to visit the site and give the report on the cause of the accident immediately.

"Chief Minister has also directed that all the injured be provided medical care immediately and the Commissioner and IG Kanpur to visit the site and give the report on the cause of the accident immediately," ANI quoted Awasthi as saying.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also expressed grief over the incident and said that he wishing for the speedy recovery of the injured. "The road accident in Uttar Pradesh's Auraiya is extremely tragic. The government is promptly involved in the relief work. I express my condolences to the families of those killed in this accident, as well as wish the injured a speedy recovery," PM Modi tweeted.

Accidents involving migrant workers have been reported across the country. On Thursday, six migrant workers were killed and two others were injured after a speeding bus ran over them on Muzzafarnagar-Saharanpur highway in UP.

In another similar incident on Thursday, eight migrants were killed after a truck collided with a bus in Cantt PS area in Madhya Pradesh's Guna. While 16 migrants were killedwho were travelling to the native village in Madhya Pradesh from Maharashtra’s Jalna, were crushed to death by a goods train in Aurangabad on May 8.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court on Friday refused to entertain a petition seeking direction to the state to identify migrants walking on the roads and provide them food and shelter. the top court said that it was impossible for anyone to stop them from walking back to their homes.

Thousands of migrant workers have been moving across the country in desperation to reach their native villages after the government imposed a lockdown across the nation to control the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma