Fifteen migrants were killed after being run over by a goods train

15 migrant workers run over by goods train in Maharashtra.

The migrants were walking to Bhusawal from Jalna.

Fifteen migrants were killed and one injured after being run over by a goods train near Aurangabad early on Friday.

The Indian Railways said about 20 people were sleeping on the tracks and “14 persons were run over/died and two persons sustained injuries… between Badnapur-Karmad railway stations of Aurangabad Post jurisdiction of Nanded Division”.

Two injured were taken to a government hospital. However, one of them later died.

The migrants were labourers from Umarya and Shahdol (in Madhya Pradesh) and worked at SRG Company in Jalna, Maharashtra.

According to the survivors, the Railways said, they had left Jalna at around 7 in the evening and walked on road initially up to Badnapore and later started walking on the tracks towards Aurangabad. After walking for about 36 km, they sat on the tracks to rest and gradually slept.

“14 persons sat on the track, two members adjacent to the track, and three members away from track,” the Railways 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,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted.

Railways Minister Piyush Goyal tweeted that relief work was going on and an inquiry had been ordered into the incident.

“Deeply saddened to learn about the loss of lives in a train mishap in Aurangabad, Maharashtra. My heartfelt condolences to bereaved families,” Vice-President M. Venkaiah Naidu tweeted.

With inputs from The Hindu