15 labourers killed by a goods train when then fell asleep on a track: Maharashtra
Aurangabad: In a tragic incident occurred in Maharashtra this morning. 15 workers were killed when they were cut off from a goods train at Badnapur Karmad Railway Division near Aurangabad, Maharashtra. A seriously injured labourer was admitted to hospital.
Railway sources said that the loco pilot of a freight train heading to Cherlipley reported at 5:22 AM. 15 to 20 people were sleeping on the track at 139/4 km between Badnapur and Karmad in Nanded division. They fell under the train when they were exhausted to sleep. 14 of them were killed and two others were injured. Later, another labourer died during treatment.
Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, TMC leader Mamta Bannerjee and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi have expressed deep sorrow over the tragic accident.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has express his extreme anguish by the tragic train incident. He promised for providing all possible assistance required.
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.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) May 8, 2020
West Bengal Chief Minister expressed her deep condolences to the families of the deceased. She said, “I am struck by grief to hear the horrific incident involving a goos train which ran over innocent migrants in Aurangabad, Maharashtra.”
I am struck by grief to hear of the horrific incident involving a goods train which ran over innocent migrants in #Aurangabad, Maharashtra. My deep condolences to the families of the deceased. May their souls rest in peace. Praying for the speedy recovery of those injured.
— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) May 8, 2020
Sources said that these labourers belonged from Omaria and Shahdol districts of Madhya Pradesh. They worked for SRG Company in Jalna. According to sources, these people had left Jalna on foot at 7 pm last evening. They had come to Badnapur on foot and later started walking along the railway track towards Aurangabad. After walking for about 36 km, they exhausted and sat on the track to rest for a while. They fell into a deep sleep.
Fourteen of them fell asleep on the track. Two were lying very close to the track while three were lying on the track. According to sources, when the goods train passed by after 5 pm, 14 workers lying on the track were cut to death. The two workers lying near the track were critically injured. Later, they were shifted to a government hospital in the Aurangabad district. One of the injured died during treatment.