Seven workers killed, 10 injured in Belagavi accident | Latest India News

At least seven workers were killed and 10 others were injured in Belagavi district, Karnataka, about 500 km from Bangalore, after the vehicle they were traveling in was involved in an accident on Sunday.

All of the dead were workers traveling from Gokak to Belagavi, Karnataka Labor Minister Shivaram Hebbar said.

The accident happened when the multi-utility vehicle (MUV) they were traveling in overturned in the village of Kanabaragi near Belagavi, an official familiar with the developments said.

“Seven workers were killed when their cruiser vehicle crashed near Belagavi. Those of the deceased who have Department of Labor cards will receive 5 lakh from Karnataka Building And Other Construction Workers Welfare Board. The other four will receive 3 lakh for humanitarian reasons,” Hebbar said.

The incident highlighted the problem of vehicles overloading passengers. In rural Karnataka, it is not uncommon to see vehicles taking more than their real capacity, sometimes speeding up on highways as workers depend on these modes of transport for their daily income.

Reacting to the news, Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said, “It is most tragic that seven people lost their lives in the road accident near Belagavi.”

“Many are seriously injured. Arrangements have been made to treat the injured free of charge. It was decided to distribute 5 lakh as solatium for each of the families of those who were killed and another 2 lakh each from Deputy District Commissioner. The injured would be treated free of charge by the government,” the chief minister said on Sunday.

Earlier this month, 11 people were injured after a state government-run passenger bus collided with a truck in Karnataka’s Vijayanagara district on Wednesday morning, the fifth major accident in the ‘state this year, police said. It is the sixth major accident reported in Karnataka this year, and 26 people have so far lost their lives in road accidents, according to police data.

The previous accident was reported in the Kalburgi district on June 3, where seven people died. In the accident reported on May 22 in Dharwad, eight people were killed. Prior to the Dharwad crash, a multi-purpose vehicle rammed a tree near the Hubballi-Dharwad area, killing at least eight people and seriously injuring 13 others on May 21. Four people died and more than 25 others were injured after an overloaded bus overturned. in Pavagada in Tumkuru district on March 22, HT reported.

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