Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray expressed deep concern at the train accident that caused the killing of 16 migrants and said that the State government will bear all expenses incurred to treat all those who were injured in the incident.
CM Thackeray has announced to the deceased's family members an ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh. Sixteen migrant workers were killed in the early morning hours of Friday after coming under a goods train in Aurangabad district as they slept.
The malaise occurred in Nanded Southern Central Railway Division of the Aurangabad district. The migrant labourers, hailing from Madhya Pradesh, were sleeping on the railway track at the time of the accident, according to officials on the railways. The migrants were natives of Umarya and Shahdol of Madhya Pradesh and worked at the SRG Company in Jalna, Maharashtra.
They had walked along the rail tracks and slept due to exhaustion on the rail tracks, South Central Railway's Chief Public Relations Officer (CPRO) said. The train mowed them down at 5.15 am, the official added.
Images from the accident scene showed the workers' tracks strewn with footwear, food and other personal belongings.
Following the tragic incident, the death of migrants was condoled by President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal and several other senior officials.
A senior railway ministry official said that the Railways continues to raise public awareness about not trespassing on railroad properties.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also expressed his anguish over the loss of lives as 16 people, believed to be migrant workers. PM Modi said he had spoken with the railway minister and assured all the support possible.
Thousands of migrant workers stranded in several cities have been on an endless toil to return to their native places on foot amid the nationwide lockdown that has entered its third phase since it came into effect from March 24.