Music players have proven deadly once again. Three youths were mowed down and one critically injured by a speeding train when they were crossing railway tracks in Okhla with their earphones on.
The incident happened at 9:15am when Shibu, a resident of Mathura, Bhupendra, a resident of Aligarh, Salwan from Delhi’s Zakir Nagar and Aslam, a resident of Etaah were entering Okhla railway stations through railway tracks.
While three of them died on the spot, Aslam was taken to the trauma centre where his condition is said to be serious.
“The boys were crossing the rail tracks with their earphones on. They saw the train coming at track number four. They immediately jumped to track number three to save themselves but failed to see an intercity train coming from the other side on that track,” said a senior railway police officer.
In recent months, there has been a sudden increase in the cases of people being mowed down by trains because they were glued to their music players. This is the seventh such case recorded this year.
“An eyewitness has recorded the statement with the police that the boys were glued to their music players due to which the incident took place. The families of the deceased have been informed,” the officer added.
“The ignorance while crossing railway tracks is turning deadly for people. We are running a special drive to make them aware. This is as big a problem as jaywalking is,” said SK Sharma, Chief PRO, northern railways.
Last year, 1,300 people lost their lives on railway tracks. Okhla, where this incident has happened, is one of the most-vulnerable spots.
“People living in unauthorised colonies that have come up as a result of encroachment of railways land often trespass the railway tracks which is illegal,” Sharma said.