SURAT: In a horrifying incident, as many as fifteen migrant labourers, sleeping by the roadside, were crushed to death after a truck ran over them in Gujarat's Surat in the wee hours of January 19.
According to reports, the truck (Dumper) driver allegedly lost control after it hit sugarcane hanging out of a tractor coming from the opposite direction.
The incident took place near Kosamba village, around 60 km from Surat.
Local police stated that 12 persons, including a one-year-old girl, died on the spot, while 3 of the nine injured died in a nearby hospital.
All the deceased hailed from Rajasthan.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to his Twitter handle and wrote, "Ex-gratia of Rs. 2 lakh each from PMNRF would be given to the next of kin of those who have lost their lives due to the accident in Surat. Rs. 50,000 each would be given to those injured."
PM Modi further said, "The loss of lives due to a truck accident in Surat is tragic. My thoughts are with the bereaved families. Praying that the injured recover at the earliest."
Surat district Deputy Superintendent of Police C M Jadeja said, "The dumper driver lost control over steering after his vehicle had slightly hit a tractor loaded with sugarcanes and dumper ran over on footpath where labourers were sleeping, causing the tragic incident. The dumper driver and cleaner are injured and they are under treatment at the SMIMER hospital. We have lodged an offence into the incident and have started the probe."
Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani also expressed his condolences over the incident on Twitter and announced an assistance of Rs 2 lakh and prompt treatment for the injured. "I am distressed by the tragic death of the traumatic accident of innocent workers sleeping on the pavement in Surat. Prayers to God for the salvation of departed souls and to support mournful families," he said.