New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday took suo-moto cognizance of the pitiable condition of migrant laborers trapped in different parts of the country due to Coronavirus lockdown. Justices Ashok Bhushan, Sanjay Kishan Kaul, and MR Shah have sent notices to the Center, State, and Union Territories asking them to reply by May 28, asking what steps have been taken to improve their situation.
The Supreme Court has fixed the next hearing in the matter on May 28 and asked Solicitor General Tushar Mehta to help on the issue.
Significantly, the situation of stranded laborers in several states of Covid-19 lockdown has become pathetic. Many migrant workers traveled more than a thousand kilometers on foot from places like Mumbai and Delhi. During this time, they have also been victims of bus and train accidents. However, later the government-operated labor special trains for migrant laborers.
Tata 407 train overturned with migrant workers overturns on Yamuna Expressway
Five people, including four children, were injured and were admitted to the district hospital after the overturning of the Tata 407 vehicle collided with a divider on the Yamuna Expressway in the Noahjeel area of Mathura in Uttar Pradesh. According to the police, Neeraj and his friends, resident of Joravarpur village of Banda, who was living in Delhi by paying their wages, were returning home from this car with their family, upset over not getting work during the lockdown.
According to the police, the driver had a nap in the noisy area of Mathura, as a result the vehicle overturned after hitting the divider. Five people, including four children, were injured and many other workers and their families were also injured. They left Delhi early in the morning.
According to police, Shivcharan Singh, a resident of Gopalpur, Delhi, was driving. On getting the information about the incident, the express-way staff who reached the spot got the car removed from the road and took the injured to the hospital.
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