Speeding Truck Runs Over 15 labourers In Surat, PM Modi Announces Rs 2 Lakh Ex Gratia

In a gruesome incident, 15 migrant labourers were crushed to death after a dumper truck ran over them near Kosamba village, Surat.

The truck driver apparently lost control of the vehicle after it hit sugarcane hanging out of the tractor-trolley coming from the opposite direction. Six people, who suffered injuries in the accident, have been hospitalized.

The deceased were labourers hailing from Banswada district in Rajasthan. During the time of the incident, the people were sleeping on a footpath.

“A truck collided with a tractor loaded with sugarcane after which the driver of the truck lost control of the vehicle and drove it over the pavement where the people were sleeping,” CM Jadeja, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Kamrej Division, Surat said.
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot also condoled the deaths and wished speedy recovery of the injured.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed condolences over the accident in which 15 people died in Gujarat’s Surat and also announced ex gratia of Rs 2 lakh each to the kin of the deceased from the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund (PMNRF).

“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: PM,” the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) tweeted. “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,” PMO tweeted.

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