Totally six Bengali labourers have reportedly died in the Auraiya road accident. The West Bengal government has made arrangements to bring back their bodies to the state and had also offered a cheque of Rs 2 lakh to the bereaved families.
Kolkata: The death toll of Bengal migrant labourers, killed in Auraiya road accident in Uttar Pradesh, has risen from 4 to 6. The deceased were residents of Purulia district.
Purulia district magistrate Rahul Majumder said, "Uttar Pradesh Police have reported deaths of two other Bengali workers on Sunday morning. The state government has made all the arrangements to bring back their bodies. According to the administration, their family would receive the bodies by Monday morning."
Meanwhile, the West Bengal government extended help and announced ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh each to the kin of the deceased. The Bengal chief minister made the announcement of Saturday (May 16).
On Sunday morning, West Bengal's western development minister Shantiram Mahato and the district magistrate visited the deceased labourers' families and handed over the compensation cheques. Apart from this, Rs 2,000 has been provided to perform the last rites under the 'Samabyathi' project of the state government.
24 migrants were killed and more than 30 were injured in the accident on Saturday morning. Most of them were coming from Rajasthan. Apart from West Bengal, there were natives of Bihar and Jharkhand. The two trucks in which the labourers were travelling collided with each other around 3 am near Auraiya.
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Last Updated 18, May 2020, 10:00 AM