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Crushed to Death in Sleep on Rail Tracks, Migrant Workers' Bodies Taken Home by Special Trains

The belongings of victims lie scattered on the railway track after a train ran over migrant workers sleeping on the track in Aurangabad district on Friday. (Reuters)

The belongings of victims lie scattered on the railway track after a train ran over migrant workers sleeping on the track in Aurangabad district on Friday. (Reuters)

The labourers, working in a steel factory in Jalna, left for their home in Madhya Pradesh on foot. Exhausted, they slept on the tracks near Karmad, not knowing that traffic of goods trains had not ceased despite lockdown.

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  • Last Updated: May 9, 2020, 9:13 PM IST
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They had started their journey on foot from Maharashtra hoping to reach Madhya Pradesh, but it was their bodies that reached their home districts of Shahdol and Umaria by special trains on Saturday afternoon.

The bodies of 16 migrant labourers, who were mowed down by a goods train in Maharashtra's Aurangabad district on Friday, were brought to Jabalpur by two bogies attached to a special train.

From Jabalpur, the coaches were further sent to Shahdol and Umaria, said a police officer. A bogie with five bodies reached Umaria around 3pm, where district officials received them and sent them to their villages in ambulances, he said. The five deceased belonged to two villages Chilhari and Maman.

Another bogie with 11 bodies reached Shahdol around 4pm. Local Member of Parliament Himadri Singh and senior officials were present at the railway station. These 11 deceased belonged to the villages of Antoli and Shahargarh of Shahdol district.

In both the districts, officials accompanied the ambulances carrying the bodies to respective villages, where the last rites would be performed.

The 16 migrant workers sleeping on rail tracks while returning to Madhya Pradesh were crushed to death by a goods train in Aurangabad district of Maharashtra in the early hours of Friday.

The labourers, working in a steel factory in Jalna, left for their home state on foot. Exhausted, they slept on the tracks near Karmad, not knowing that traffic of goods trains had not ceased despite lockdown for coronavirus.

Only four from the group of 20 survived; three of them were sleeping away from the tracks.

Rendered jobless due to the lockdown and desperate to go to their native places, they were walking along the rail tracks apparently to escape police attention, officials said.


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