The workers, who were walking to Bhusawal from Jalna, were returning to Madhya Pradesh
In a tragic incident at least 15 migrant workers, who were sleeping on the railway tracks while going back to their native places were run over by a goods train between Maharashtra's Jalna and Aurangabad, officials said on Friday.
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A senior railway official confirmed that 15 migrant labourers were run over by a goods train between Jalna and Aurangabad of Nanded Divison of South Central Railway.
The official said that the incident happened around 5.30 a.m. on Friday when the migrant workers, who were on the way back to their homes and sleeping on the railway tracks.
However, it is yet not clear from where this group hailed and where they were going. But a PTI report citing an official at the Karmad police station said the workers, who were walking to Bhusawal from Jalna, were returning to Madhya Pradesh.
They had been walking along the rail tracks and slept on the rail tracks due to exhaustion, he said. They were mowed down by the train at 5.15 am, PTI added the official as saying. The agency has also put the death toll at 14.
"An accident happened near Karmad, Aurangabad when an empty rake of goods wagon ran over some people. RPF and local police are reaching the spot to asses the situation. More details awaited," ANI quoted Chief Public Relations Officer (CPRO) of South Central Railway (SCR).
Amid the nationwide lockdown, thousands of migrant workers stranded in several other cities have started their journey to return to their native places on foot.
The interstate bus service, passenger, mail and express train services have been suspended since March 24.
The railways has started running Shramik Special trains to transport the stranded migrants to their native places since May 1.
Till Thursday, the railways have run 201 Shramik Special trains.
-with inputs from agencies
First Published: IST