State negligence leading to the death of 16 workers run over by a goods train in Aurangabad, Maharashtra
Statement condemning state negligence leading to the death of 16 workers run over
by a goods train in Aurangabad, Maharashtra on the 8th of May, 2020.
Date: May 11, 2020
It is with a deep sense of anguish and distress that we, the Working Peoples’ Charter and Aajeevika Bureau, hereby release this statement to condemn, in the strongest possible terms, negligence on part of the state that has unequivocally lead to the death of 16 workers who were run over by a goods train near Aurangabad. We demand that up a high-level enquiry be immediately initiated to identify those responsible across the offices and departments of the government of Maharashtra and the Indian Railways and that punitive action be taken.
In the early hours of Friday, 8th of May, 16 migrant workers, hailing from Umaria and Shahdol districts in Bihar working in a steel factory in the MIDC zone, Jalna district, who had been walking back home, were killed when a train ran over them reportedly somewhere between the Jalna and Aurangabad districts. They had left Jalna at 7 pm on the previous day, walking on the road for a certain period of time, after which they began walking along the rail track. After walking 36 kilometres, they fell asleep on the track, exhausted. A goods train ran over them the next day.