5 Migrant Workers From UP Killed, 11 Injured As Truck Carrying Them Overturns In Madhya Pradesh

In a tragic incident, five migrant workers were killed and 11 others were injured after a truck carrying them overturned in Patha village in Narsinghpur of Madhya Pradesh. The incident happened on Sunday night when the truck met with the accident some 200 km away from Bhopal. 

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All of the migrant workers were residents of Uttar Pradesh and was travelling from Hyderabad due to the lockdown on the truck that was transporting mangoes. Out of the 11 injured, the condition of two is said to be critical. The driver and his assistant were also injured in the accident. 

Two of the injured were referred to a hospital in Jabalpur as one of them had head injury while the other had mandible fracture. Deepak Saxena, Narsinghpur District Collector told ANI that the truck was laden with mangoes and was going from Hyderabad to Agra. 

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There is also a fear that the migrant workers have already been infected with COVID-19 after one of them showed symptoms like fever and cough. 

"One of them has cough, cold and fever for three days so we've conducted samplings of all of them, including the dead," Civil Surgeon, Dr. Anita Agrawal said. 

This is the second major mishap involving migrant workers due to the lockdown. On Friday, 16 migrant workers were killed after they were run over by a cargo train while they were sleeping on the tracks in Maharashtra. 

They were part of a group of 20 migrant workers who were walking from Jalna in Maharashtra to Bhusaval in Madhya Pradesh after they could not find a train or other means of transport to cover the nearly 160 km journey.

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Due to the lockdown, millions of migrant workers from all over the country have been stranded in various cities, unable to go home. After nearly one and a half months the Indian Railways had last week began running special trains to ferry them to their home states. However, many could not afford to buy the train tickets or were made to wait for more, forcing them to look for other options like walking or traveling on trucks. 

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Last week there was also a major controversy after Karnataka cancelled the migrant trains to stop them from leaving the state. This was done at the behest of the builders in the state who were concerned that the migrant workers leaving will affect the resumption of construction activities in the state.



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