In a devastating tragedy, at least 16 migrant workers were mowed down by an empty goods train in Maharashtra's Aurangabad district in the early hours of Friday.
As per the reports, the migrants used to work at an iron factory in Jalna were walking to Bhusawal, which is about 150 kilometres. They likely assumed that trains were not running due to the ongoing lockdown and exhausted from walking, slept off on the tracks. They were run over by the passing train at 5.15 am today at the district 360 km from Mumbai.
"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," Ministry of Railways tweeted.
Expressing grief over the incident, PM Narendra Modi tweeted, "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," Modi wrote.
Even after several states have been running special trains for migrants, many have started walking back on their own. This incident once again throws light on the heart-wrenching state of the poor migrant workers across the country.
SOURCE : TUPAKI