In a horrific incident, three contractual labours working on the railway tracks were killed after being run over by the Mumbai-bound Tejas Express in Maharashtra’s Raigad district on Sunday, a police official said on Monday. The incident took place around 9.30 pm when the victims were working on tracks near the Jite railway station in the Pen area of Raigad, located around 66 km from Mumbai, he said. While the workers were crossing the track, they apparently did not see the approaching train and were hit by it, he said, adding that all the three men sustained head injuries and died on the spot. “The workers are from Madhya Pradesh and were staying nearby. Two of them fell on side of the track after being hit by the train while the third fell on the other side,” an official said.
The deceased were identified as 30-year-old Ashok Bari, 40-year-old Nimsingh Gulkar and 18-year-old Ajay Dandodiya, all belonging to Madhya Pradesh, the railway official said. The bodies were sent to a state-run hospital for a post-mortem examination, and an accidental death report was registered at the Dadar Sagari police station in Raigad, the official said. A Panvel railway station official said as quoted by TOI, “The CR general manager’s visit is scheduled in the next two weeks. Hence the works are being done at Panvel and other railway stations. However, it is surprising how workers were working at night on the tracks."
Tejas Express is a fully air-conditioned train which runs between Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus and Karmali station in Goa.
In a similar incident in December last year, three lions died after they were hit by a goods train near the Gir forest in Gujarat’s Amreli district, around 250 km from Ahmedabad, an official had said. The incident had occurred near the Borala village in Savarkundla taluka when a pride of six lions was walking along the railway track passing from the village, which is located near the Gir Forest.
“A goods train, headed to Pipavav port from Botad, hit three of six lions of the pride during midnight, which led to the death of two lions and a lioness”, Chief Conservator of Forests, Junagadh wildlife circle, DT Vasavada had told PTI.