Five migrants run over in Haryana

GURUGRAM, MAR 29 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 3/29/2020 12:25:51 PM IST

Five migrants from Uttar Pradesh, including a 1-year-old child, were killed and 15 others were seriously injured after they were hit by a truck on the Kundli-Manesar-Palwal (KMP) Expressway near Manesar on Sunday.

The accident occurred around 1 am near the Bilaspur toll in Panchgaon. The identity of the deceased and the injured, who were headed for their native village amid the nation-wide curfew, is yet to be ascertained. The truck, carrying vegetables, was allegedly being driven at a high speed when the driver lost control of the vehicle and rammed it into the group. The driver allegedly fled the scene, abandoning the vehicle. 

The preliminary investigation also hints at the lack of proper lighting on the expressway as a key reason behind the accident.  

Police took the victims to the hospital. According to sources, four migrants were seriously injured and were struggling for their lives.

An FIR has been registered against the truck driver under sections 279, 336, 337, 304(ii) of the IPC at the Bilaspur police station.

The truck driver, identified as Rakesh Yadav, a native of district Bulandshahar in UP, has been nabbed. He was also injured and is being treated in a hospital, said police.

“We are trying to identify the deceased and inform the families. We have been issuing an appeal to people to not march back home on highways but desperation to get back has cost them their lives,” said ASI Rajender Singh, the investigating officer. Thousands of migrants, mostly daily wage labourers, across India are headed to their villages in UP and Bihar as the country announced a nation-wide curfew to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

On Saturday, chaos, confusion and a stampede-like situation prevailed at the Delhi-Ghaziabad border as thousands of migrant workers fought amongst themselves to get seats on the limited number of buses the Uttar Pradesh administration operated on Saturday to ferry them to the hinterlands.

Thousands of daily wagers and labourers from Delhi, Haryana and even Punjab reached Anand Vihar, Ghazipur and Ghaziabad’s Lal Kuan area after taking arduous treks of many kilometres on foot to take buses to their respective native places. But the people, in hordes, far outnumbered the seats on the buses, resulting in many of them travelling on rooftops after every inch inside was crammed with passengers and their luggage.

Social distancing norms seemed to have been discarded as they squeezed into the buses. Some wore face masks but most had handkerchiefs tied over their noses and mouths to protect them from the infection.


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