Mumbai/Aurangabad: – 16 migrant labourers, walking on the railway tracks, with a hope to board a train to their native place, met with an unfortunate accident, as they were crushed to death, under a goods train. At the time of the incident, the labourers fatigued with the long walk, had been resting on the track. It was too late, by the time the motorman of the goods train realised that these labourers are resting on the tracks. The motorman made frantic efforts to stop the train. But it was too late.
Special trains are being operated for the migrant workers stranded in different parts of the country, because of the lockdown. One such train had left from Aurangabad to go to Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh. On receiving this information, 19 labourers stranded in Jalna started walking towards Aurangabad, with a hope of boarding any such train. These labourers, after being tired of walking, decided to rest on the tracks for some time, on Friday early in the morning. Although, the passenger trains are closed, goods trains are operating, on all the necessary routes. 16 of these laborers were crushed by one such goods train carrying petrol from Nanded to Manmad. 14 labourers were killed on the spot, while 2 died during treatment at the hospital. Three escaped the accident. The identity of dead is being established with help from the three survivors.
All the labourers killed in the accident were working in the same steel company named S.R.J. these labourers are residents of Sadol and Umria towns in Madhya Pradesh. Prime minister Modi has expressed deep anguish over the death of the labourers. Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh governments have declared an ex-gratia aid of ₹ 500,000 to the next of kin of the persons killed in the accident. At the same time, the governments have appealed to the labourers, trying to reach their hometowns by any possible means, not to risk their lives for this.