Aurangabad (Maharashtra): At least sixteen migrant workers were mowed down by a freight train in the early hours of Friday. While 14 of them died on the spot, two of them later succumbed to injuries. Reports suggest that the workers were sleeping on the railway track when the tragic incident happened. They had walked down all the way to Bhusawal from Jalna — a distance of about 158 kilometers, to board a “Shramik Special” train to return to Madhya Pradesh, when the mishap occurred.
“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 in Aurangabad, Maharashtra. Injureds have been taken to Aurangabad Civil Hospital. Inquiry has been ordered,” the Railways ministry stated today. The Commissioner of Railway Safety, South Central circle, Ram Kripal, has been asked to hold an independent inquiry in todays labourers runover incident in Parbhani-Manmad section of Nanded Railway division of South Central Railway.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed grief over loss of lives in the rail accident. The Prime Minister said, “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.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah in a tweet expressed his “pain” at the loss of lives due to a rail accident in Maharashtra. “I have spoken to Railway Minister Shri Piyush Goyal, concerned authorities in the central govt and railway administration to ensure all possible assistance. My condolences with the bereaved families,” he tweeted.[the_ad_placement id=”sidebar-feed”]