In a tragic incident six migrant workers, who were walking along the Muzaffarnagar-Saharanpur highway, were killed after a speeding bus ran over them on late Wednesday night, ANI reports.
The incident took place near Ghalauli check-post.
Three more workers were injured in the accident.
A case has registered against an unknown bus driver, by the Muzaffarnagar Police in connection with the incident.
“We received information around 11 pm 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, which we are in the process of verifying. Six people were declared dead on arrival at the hospital while two have been referred to Meerut. A case of negligence will be filed against the driver,” said Anil Kaparvan, SHO Kotwali police station, told the Indian Express
According to the police, the migrant workers who lost their lives belonged to Gopalganj, Bihar and were returning to their native place during the lockdown on foot.
They are said to have been trying to walk their way home to Bihar.
There has been a spate of accidents across the country, involving migrant workers walking long distances to go back to their homes as public transport remained suspended during pandemic controlled lockdown.
Last week, in Maharashtra’s Aurangabad, 16 migrant workers were killed after a train ran over them while they were sleeping on the tracks.
A truck carrying more than 50 migrant workers and their families from Ahmedabad in Gujarat to Balrampur in Uttar Pradesh rammed into a stationary truck on Kanpur-Jhansi highway, killing three people and injuring 43 others.
In Chitrakoot, a migrant labourer returning home in Uttar Pradesh from Chhattisgarh on a bicycle was killed after being hit by a truck.