One more gangman died after being hit by a train during his work hours. The incident,which occurred near Khar on Friday morning,is the ninth fatal case involving railway gangmen this financial year.
According to sources,47-year-old Ramlakhan Matakhar was hit by a down line train between Khar and Santacruz on the harbour line at 11.20 am when he was supervising maintenance work of tracks. He was seriously injured and rushed to Cooper Hospital,where he died later in the evening.
A witness working there said,When the down train was nearing,Ramlakhan tried to walk across to the up line,but his leg slipped and his head was hit.
It is sad incident. Work on tracks when trains are running is very risky and even a small mistake may be fatal. So gangmen should work very carefully, he added.
A senior official admitted there is very little space between two tracks. Many times,gangmen are unable to take precautions that are a must, he said.
On January 17,two gangmen died in separate incidents at Dadar station while crossing the tracks. Data received from the Mumbai division of Western Railways (WR) and Central Railways (CR) shows that while WR reported an increasing number of such incidents,the figure for the latter has gone down in the past three years.
Three WR gangmen died in 2008-2009,while in 2009-2010,the figure was seven. In 2010-2011,nine deaths were reported (including Fridays incident).
In CR,this figure was quite high earlier but from 2008,it is going down. In 2008-2009,eight deaths were reported while in 2009-2010 and 2010-2011,six and four gangmen died respectively.