A group of 20 migrant workers were walking from Jalna to Bhusaval, 157 km apart. Exhausted from walking a long distance, they slept off on the tracks assuming the trains were not running due to coronavirus lockdown. Unfortunately, 15 men of the 20 were killed after a cargo train ran over them. They were fast asleep on the tracks in Maharashtra’s Aurangabad when this unfortunate incident occurred.
“Fifteen migrant workers in a group of 20 were killed after a cargo train ran over them while they were sleeping on the tracks in Maharashtra’s Aurangabad this morning”, stated the railways.
They were run over by the cargo train at 5:15 am this morning at a district 360 km away from Mumbai. 15 out of the group of 20 died, while one has been severely injured. The injured survivor has been admitted to the hospital. The remaining four survivors are in a state of utter shock. They are being counselled by the police.
“Four of the survivors, who are in shock, are being counselled by the police. We are counselling the survivors before we speak to them for more details.”, said Mokshada Patil, senior police officer.
Footwear and other personal belongings of the migrant workers were scattered all over the tracks. Even the food carried by them could be spotted on the railway tracks.
“During early hours today after seeing some labourers on track, loco pilot of goods train tried to stop the train but eventually hit them between Badnapur and Karmad stations in Parbhani-Manmad section. Injured people have been taken to Aurangabad Civil Hospital. Inquiry has been ordered,” tweeted the Railway Ministry.
Country’s Prime Minister, Mr Narendra Modi, also expressed his views about the calamitous incident by means of a tweet.
“Extremely anguished by the loss of lives due to the rail accident in Aurangabad, Maharashtra. Have spoken to Railway Minister Shri Piyush Goyal and he is closely monitoring the situation. All possible assistance required is being provided,” tweeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakhs for the families of the deceased and also gave his condolences.
“Mr Chouhan is in touch with Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray for arrangements related to treatment of the injured migrants”, said officials in Madhya Pradesh.