At least 14 Chhattisgarh-bound migrant labourers were crushed by a goods train in Maharashtra's Aurangabad. The incident occurred at around 6:30 am on the Aurangabad-Jalna railway line. The workers were walking from Jalna to Bhuvasal, a distance of nearly 170km, to catch a train to return home. They had stopped near the track to take rest after covering a distance of around 45 km, according to reports.
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, tweeted Indian Railways.
Taking stock of the situation, govt has facilitated Shri Ram Kripal, Commissioner of Railway Safety, South Central circle will hold an independent inquiry in today's labourers runover incident in Parbhani-Manmad section of Nanded Railway division of South Central Railway.
Meanwhile, Rs 5 lakhs each has been announced as ex gratia to families of the deceased in Karmad (Aurangabad) train accident by Maharashtra Chief Minister's Office.
Commenting on the matter, Gaurav Gogoi, Congress MP from Assam has slammed the BJP government at the centre. "I express my deep condolences to the families of the 15 migrants labours who died after being run over by a train. This is another reminder of how the BJP government has failed to be sensitive to the plight of the poor", tweeted Gaurav Gogoi
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