SATARA: Police said that on Friday, an Indian train killed 16 migrant workers who were asleep on the track and returned to their hometown after losing their jobs after being confined by coronavirus.
Since late March, tens of thousands of people have been fired and returned home from major Indian cities because the blockade has curbed the spread of new coronaviruses.
The Ministry of Railways said that when drivers saw workers on the rails near the town of Aurangabad in western Maharashtra, they tried to stop the freight train and ordered an investigation.
The state government said in a statement that sixteen people were killed and two injured. After the accident, a small bunch of food, footwear and other items were scattered on the rails.
“I have just heard the sad news about labourers coming under the train, rescue work is underway,” Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said on Twitter.
Under the blockade, all public transport was suspended, so migrant workers returning home often had to walk a long way to get there.
The government extended the blackout period to May 17.
Police said the workers were working in a steel company and had begun to walk towards the village in the central state of Madhya Pradesh, hundreds of kilometers away, hoping to take the elevator from a passing truck.
One of the survivors, Virender Singh, said that after waiting a few weeks for the contractor ’s contractor to rescue them with a few cents of cash, they set off on their journey home.
“Our families in the village were asking us to come back,” he said.