Six migrant workers run over by speeding bus in U.P.’s Muzaffarnagar

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister announces a compensation of ₹2 lakh to the family of the deceased and ₹50,000 to the family of the injured

Updated - May 14, 2020 10:49 am IST

Published - May 14, 2020 08:35 am IST - Muzaffarnagar

A migrant labourer's family is silhouetted as they proceed towards their village on foot, following a lockdown amid concern over spread of coronavirus in New Delhi. File photo used for representational purpose only.

A migrant labourer's family is silhouetted as they proceed towards their village on foot, following a lockdown amid concern over spread of coronavirus in New Delhi. File photo used for representational purpose only.

Six migrant workers were killed and five were seriously injured on Wednesday night when a speeding State transport bus ran over them on the Delhi-Sharanpur highway near Muzaffarnagar, police said. The workers were walking from Punjab to their homes in different districts of Bihar.

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According to police, four of the deceased were from Gopalganj and the other two were from Patna and Bhojpur. “The bus was empty and the driver was under the influence of alcohol. He has been arrested,” said Abhishek Yadav, SSP, Muzaffarnagar.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has asked the Commissioner of Saharanpur zone to investigate the incident and has announced a compensation of ₹2 lakh to the family of the deceased and ₹50,000 to the family of the injured.

Condoling the death of workers, Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav tweeted: “First train accident and now bus accident, why the lives of workers are so cheap? Can’t the poor of the country reach home via Vande Bharat Mission?”

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