Hours after six migrant workers were killed in an accident on Muzaffarnagar-Saharanpur highway, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav expressed grief on the deaths and asked why can't the poor people of the country avail of the 'Vande Bharat Mission'.
"Deep grief over the painful death of migrant labourers in the Muzaffarnagar bus accident in Uttar Pradesh. Tribute! First train and now bus accident, why the lives of workers are so cheap. Can't poor people of the country avail of the 'Vande Bharat Mission'? It is not correct to fly so high that ground realities are ignored," Yadav tweeted (translated from Hindi).
Under Vande Bharat Mission, India began phased repatriation of its citizens stranded abroad from May 7 amid lockdown.
Six migrant workers were walking along the Muzaffarnagar-Saharanpur highway when a speeding bus crushed them on late Wednesday night. Three more workers were injured in the accident.
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.
Moreover, on Thursday, eight labourers and around 50 injured after the truck they were travelling in, collided with a bus in Madhya Pradesh's Guna on Wednesday night.
According to news agency ANI, the injured labourers have been shifted to a district hospital. All the 8 killed labourers were going to their native places in Uttar Pradesh.