At least seven workers were killed and 10 others were injured in a vehicle accident on Sunday in Belgaum district of Karnataka, about 500 km from Bangalore.
Karnataka labor minister Shivrama Hebbar said all the dead were workers traveling from Gokak, Belgaum.
An official familiar with the developments said the accident occurred as they were traveling in a multi-utility vehicle (MUV) in Kanabaragi village near Belgaum.
“Seven workers have died in a cruiser vehicle accident near Belgaum. The Department of Labor will get card holders among the dead ₹5 lakh from the Karnataka Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Board. The remaining four will be given ₹3 lakhs on humanitarian grounds.
The problem of vehicles overloading passengers has been hampered by the incident. In rural Karnataka, it is common to see vehicles taking more than its real capacity as workers rely on such means of transportation for daily income, sometimes moving faster on the highways.
In response to the news, Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraja Bommai said seven people were killed in a road accident near Belgaum.
“Many are seriously injured. Arrangements are being made for free treatment for the injured. Scheduled to be delivered ₹5 lakhs each for the families of the victims ₹2 lakhs each from District Collector. The injured will be given free treatment by the government, the chief minister said on Sunday.
Earlier this month, 11 people were injured when a state-run passenger bus collided with a state-run bus in Vijayanagar district of Karnataka on Wednesday morning, making it the fifth biggest accident in the state this year. This is the sixth major accident reported in Karnataka this year, according to police statistics.
Seven people were killed in an accident in the Kalaburgi district on June 3. Eight people were killed in an accident reported in Dharwad on May 22. Prior to the Dharwad accident, a multi-utility vehicle crashed into a tree near the Hubli-Dharwad zone, killing at least eight people and injuring 13 others. On March 22, H.T.