On Friday, a goods train in Maharashtra crushed sixteen migrant labourers as they fell asleep on the tracks.
The accident happened between Jalna and Aurangabad within the Nanded Division of South Central Railway in Karmad police headquarters area of the Aurangabad district.
The railway officials said that when the accident occurred, the migrant labours were sleeping on the railway track since they were walking for several kilometers.
Most workers have lost their jobs during lockdown imposed due to COVID-19. According to railway officials, after workers had lost their jobs they were walking towards their home state Madhya Pradesh and since most public transportation has already been canceled they were covering routes via walking.
According to railways, on Thursday at 7 pm workers left Jalna and were initially walked on the road and later onto the track towards Aurangabad. After they had walked for about 36 kilometers, they started feeling tired and sat on the track between Karnad and Badnapur railway stations for taking some rest and they gradually went into a deep sleep.
The railway’s ministry said in a statement that at 5:22 am the incident occurred. He further said that the driver had tried to stop the train but could not do it in the given time.
Ch Rakesh, chief public relations officer (PRO), South Central Railway said that the injured have been shifted to Aurangabad civil hospital.
On Friday, PM Modi in his tweet said that he was very agonized by the loss of lives due to the mishap. He further tweeted that he had spoken to Railway Minister Shri Piyush Goyal for closely monitoring the situation.
Expressing sympathy towards the deaths of the workers, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said that he is shocked by the news.
Rahul Gandhi tweeted in Hindi that he was shocked to hear the mishap by the goods trains taking lives of workers and that everybody should be ashamed for treatment given to the builders of this nation.
Piyush Goyal who is a railway Minister had also expressed grief and said relief work is underway and an inquiry has been ordered.