Train driver tried to stop but eventually hit migrants: Inquiry ordered in Aurangabad incident

Train driver tried to stop but eventually hit migrants: Inquiry ordered in Aurangabad incident

The railways has said an inquiry has been ordered in the incident of the tragic death of 15 migrant labourers after being run over by a goods train in Maharashtra’s Aurangabad on Friday.

It further said the loco pilot of goods train tried to stop the train after spotting the workers on the track. But, the train did not stop and hit the workers.

The railways tweeted, "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. Injureds have been taken to Aurangabad Civil Hospital. Inquiry has been ordered."

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.

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 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.