At least 15 migrant workers run over by goods train in Maharashtra

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At least 15 migrant workers in a group of 20 were killed after a goods train ran over them while sleeping on the tracks in Maharashtra's Aurangabad this morning.

 

As per the report, the incident occurred at around 5:30 am on the Aurangabad-Jalna railway line.

According to the NDTV report, the migrants were walking from Jalna to Bhusaval, 157 km apart. 

Four of the survivors, who are in shock, are being counselled by the police. The fifth survivor has been admitted to hospital with injuries.

According to the report from the police officials, the migrants, who were headed to Madhya Pradesh, likely assumed that trains were not running due to the coronavirus lockdown and slept off on the tracks. 

Authorities added that the labourers run over were natives of Umarya and Shahdol in Madhya Pradesh and were working in SRG Company in Jalna.

The Ministry of Railways has now put out a tweet and said that an inquiry has been ordered into the tragic incident.

"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 have been taken to Aurangabad Civil Hospital. Inquiry has been ordered," the Railway Ministry tweeted.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted "all possible assistance" is being provided.

 "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," PM Modi tweeted.

Vice President Venkaiah Naidu also tweeted condolences to the bereaved families.

 "Deeply saddened to learn about the loss of lives in a train mishap in Aurangabad, Maharashtra. My heartfelt condolences to bereaved families," he said.

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan gave his condolences and spoke with Railway Minister Piyush Goyal, seeking help for the families of the workers who died in the accident. 

CM Chouhan also announced Rs 5 lakh compensation for their families.

The development comes at a time when stranded migrant labourers across the country are returning to their home states amid the nationwide lockdown.

Though several states have been running "Shramik" special trains for migrants who need to return home for emergency reasons. 

Some of these migrant labourers were forced to walk long distances to their home states as they were unable to find transport.
 

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