In a shocking incident of no respect for the living and the dead, the bodies of migrant workers who died in Auraiya accident on Saturday morning, were loaded in open trucks from Uttar Pradesh and sent across to Jharkhand along with other stranded labourers. The bodies were sent inside black plastic bags and placed on ice slabs that melted on the way. Also Read - In Near-Repeat of George Floyd Case, Cop in Rajasthan's Jodhpur Seen Kneeling on Man's Neck
At 3:30 AM on Saturday, nearly 26 migrant workers lost their lives and more than 30 were injured in Auraiya in the accident when two trucks —one coming from Punjab and another from Rajasthan — collided on the highway. Out of the 26 deceased, 11 were the natives of Bokaro district in Jharkhand who were coming to the state. Just a day after the incident, the Uttar Pradesh government arranged 3 trucks to send back the bodies along with the survivors to Jharkhand. Also Read - Jharkhand's Budding Archer Soni Khatoon Forced to Sell Vegetables; CM Hemant Soren Gives Her Rs 20,000
Enraged at this step taken by the UP government, Twitterati called out the “shameful” act. Taking to their respective handles on the micro-blogging site, while one user wrote, “A country where cows have more respect than human beings! (sic)”, another tweeted, “Dead bodies or living bodies, for the UP government it does not make a difference. That’s why both were sent together. The dead were sent with migrants in open trucks (sic)” and yet another lashed, “UP Government sends Dead Bodies with Migrants in Open Truck… Isn’t it shameful? #GareebVirodhiBJP (sic).” Also Read - Jharkhand JAC 8th Result 2020: Scores Declared at jac.jharkhand.gov.in, Here’s How to Check
Check out Twitter’s reaction on the news here:
Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren on Tuesday expressed shock and concern after visuals of injured migrant workers travelling in an open truck with tarpaulin-wrapped dead bodies in Uttar Pradesh surfaced on social media. “This inhumane treatment of our migrant workers could possibly be avoided. I request @UPGovt & Office of @NitishKumar’ji to arrange suitable transportation of the deceased bodies till Jharkhand border & we will ensure adequate dignified arrangements to their homes in Bokaro,” Soren said in a tweet.