Six workers returning to their homes in Uttar Pradesh were killed and 12 others injured when a mango-laden truck overturned near Patha village in Narsinghpur district of Madhya Pradesh late on Saturday.
The truck, on its way from Hyderabad to Agra, was probably speeding when it turned sideways on the highway killing five migrant workers on the spot. One of the two workers who were referred to a hospital in Jabalpur later succumbed to injuries. The rest of the injured were admitted to a hospital in Narsinghpur.
Narsinghpur SP Gurkaran Singh said it is likely that the workers were travelling illegally and that it is not clear whether they paid money for the ride. The workers were told that they would be dropped at a bigger city in UP from where they were to find transport to reach home.
One of the injured persons was coughing when he was being taken to hospital. His sample was sent for testing.
The incident comes after 16 migrant workers from Shahdol and Umaria districts in MP were run over by a goods train near Aurangabad in Maharashtra early on Friday.
At least three other migrant workers who were returning to UP on foot have also died in MP.
Workers enter MP from Sendhwa border and thousands of them have recently taken that route. When stopped at the borders, the workers have entered into clashes with the MP Police.
Trouble began last week when UP sealed its borders, not allowing migrants to enter its boundaries after letting them do so before. When the UP government stopped their entry, the MP government also stopped letting them in, leading to tension.
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Sunday asked district collectors to offer help to workers entering the state on foot, asking to ensure arrangements for food, shelter and transport. He said collectors should appoint a nodal officer and seek help from voluntary organisations.
According to the government, 1.9 lakh workers have returned to MP — nearly half of them from Gujarat. In addition to buses arranged by the state government, 30 special trains carrying migrants have arrived in MP so far and 10 are set to reach on May 11.