A goods train carrying petrol and diesel from Nanded to Manmad ran over 14 migrant workers sleeping on the railway tracks at Gadhejalgaon village in Maharashtra’s Aurangabad district on this morning. Five of them escaped with injuries; they have been rushed to a hospital.
Senior lawyer of the Supreme Court Amitabh Sinha, expressing shock and dismay at the situation, said, “The lockdown was being observed in the right spirit until Delhi Chief Minister misled these poor people, provoking them to go home although there was enough relief material for them at the slums and camps.”
Sinha expressed concern over the wrong impression the country is getting due to the avoidable situation of migrant workers created by irresponsible politicians like Kejriwal. He had feared untoward incidents the day thousands of workers were instigated to leave Delhi in an interview with Sirf News.
Subsequently, more chief ministers pressured the union government to let labourers move.
The accident occurred at around 5:30 AM. These migrant workers were working for a major steel plant in the neighbouring district of Jalna, said sources.
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 assess the situation. The chief public relations officer said more details of the tragedy were awaited.
These workers had started walking from Jalna, which is 65 km from here, to reach Aurangabad railway station that had, on 7 May, flagged off a train to Madhya Pradesh, for boarding trains to their hometown in northern states of India. To avoid police interception on the highways, these workers chose the railway tracks heading Aurangabad.
Having walked for miles, the workers decided to take rest on the railway tracks between Satana and Karmad, before resuming their journey on Friday morning. Sources said they had no place to go and so all of them slept on the railway tracks, failing to explain how people could be so suicidal. On learning about the incident, Aurangabad rural superintendent of police Mokshada Patil, Railway Protection Force teams from Aurangabad and police teams from Karmad police station rushed to the spot.
Deputy commissioner of police (headquarter) Meena Makwana said, Citing the call received by the Aurangabad city police control room, “Aurangabad railway station manager Ashok Nikam informed the police control room that 10 to 15 migrant labourers who were sleeping on the railway tracks have been run over by a goods train carrying petrol and diesel, and heading Manmad from Nanded”.