MHOW: Mukesh Sikarwar (24), a labourer lost his life while travelling in an auto-rickshaw to Madhya Pradesh's Morena district. Five other individuals with him in the auto have also been severy injured as the vehicle overturned. The incident took place on Saturday i.e. 28 March 2020.
The auto was overloaded, as 13 people in totality were travelling in it. They were migratory labourers from Gujarat state. It has earlier been reported that around 30,000 labourers have been travelling through some means of transport or even by foot since the past 4 days as the ongoing lockdown has left them with no work. The lockdown was announced by the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi as the coronavirus pandemic made it' way in India and has been spreading quite rapidly. The lockdown was imposed to control the outbreak and flatten the curve.
Even though many sources of local public transport have been banned with even trains and airways suspended till 14 April, the safety protocols are constantly being taken for granted by the panicked labourers, as per Dinesh Verma, in-charge Inspector from Rau police station.
The 5 injured victims of the accident were taken to MY hospital, Indore which is 25 kilometres away from where the incident took place.
The injured labourers used to work in Gujarat, they travelled via the Pitol check post of Western MP, Jhabua district. They were travelling back to their homes situated in the district of Morena, the inspector reported.
Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, Shivraj Singh Chouhan also engaged with chief ministers and secretaries of other states and appealed to them to stop the state labourers from travelling.
"I have requested them to make food and stay arrangements for our people in their states in the wake of lockdown to check the spread of COVID- 19," said the MP Chief Minister.