Amid distressing stories coming from all over about the plight of migrants stranded due coronavirus lockdown, 15 migrants were killed this morning after a cargo train ran over them in Maharashtra’s Aurangabad. They were sleeping on rail tracks when the accident happened, officials said, adding that driver tried to stop the train.
They were a part of 20 migrants who were walking from Jalna in Maharashtra to Bhusaval in Madhya Pradesh, 157 km apart.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he was “extremely anguished” at the death of migrant workers. “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,” the Prime Minister tweeted.