Aurangabad: 15 migrants run over by goods train; inquiry ordered

Aurangabad: 15 migrants run over by goods train; inquiry ordered

At least 15 migrant labourers returning to Chhattisgarh amid the nationwide lockdown died after being run over by a goods train in Maharashtra’s Aurangabad on Friday. Officials added that one individual has sustained injuries.

The incident occurred at around 6:30 am on the Aurangabad-Jalna railway line.

An official told news agency PTI that the labourers, who had been walking along the railway tracks fell asleep due to exhaustion. The official added that they were mowed down by the train early in the morning.

They had been walking along the rail tracks and slept there due to exhaustion. They were mowed down by a train," the official told the news agency.

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. An inquiry has been ordered," the ministry said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Twitter that he has spoken to Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal and asked him to monitor the situation. Modi also ensured that all possible assistance required is being provided.

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

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