Hyderabad: 16 labourers were killed and eight injured when a material loaded truck have boarded overturned in Andhra Pradesh’s East Godavari district on Monday morning.
Police suspected that the victims died due to suffocation. The 35 agricultural labourers were travelling fell on the road side at Godavari district said district collector H Arun Kumar.
The victims, who worked in a palm plantation, had boarded the vehicle in neighbouring West Godavari district. The vehicle was coming from Dachepalli village in Guntur district.
State Finance Minister Y Ramakrishnudu, who belongs to East Godavari, visited the spot and announced an ex-gratia of Rs. 2 lakh to the families of the deceased.
Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, Leader of Opposition in state Assembly Y S Jaganmohan Reddy and several other leaders expressed condolences over the death of the workers in the mishap.