Sixteen migrant laborers were crushed to death early on Friday by a goods train in Maharashtra after they fell asleep on the tracks.

The police said the migrants, who were headed to Madhya Pradesh, likely assumed that trains were not running due to the coronavirus lockdown and slept off on the tracks.

The migrants were walking from Jalna to Bhusaval, 157 km apart. Four of the survivors, who are in shock, are being counseled by the police, senior police officer Mokshada Patil said. The fifth survivor has been admitted to the hospital with injuries. 

The Shivraj Singh Chouhan-led Madhya Pradesh government has announced Rs. 5 lakh ex gratia as compensation for the deceased laborers. Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has also announced Rs. 5 lakh ex-gratia to the families of the 16 migrant workers.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted "all possible assistance" is being provided. 

"Extremely anguished by the loss of lives due to the rail accident in Aurangabad, Maharashtra. I have spoken to Railway Minister Shri Piyush Goyal and he is closely monitoring the situation. All possible assistance required is being provided," Narendra Modi tweeted.

"During early hours today after seeing some labourers on track, loco pilot of goods train tried to stop the train but eventually hit them between Badnapur and Karmad stations in Parbhani-Manmad section. Injured have been taken to Aurangabad Civil Hospital. Inquiry has been ordered," the Railway Ministry tweeted.

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