Five youths travelling atop the Gwalior-Udaipur Express were killed and two others were injured when they were hit by a railway overbridge between Ajmer and Bhilwara railway stations on Sunday.
The youths were on their way to Bhilwara to appear in an exam for the post of patwari (revenue officer).
The accident occurred at Gadimalain village, between Ajmer and Bhilwara railway stations.
The deceased have been identified as Kamlesh Jat (19), Anil Jat (22), Shiv Prasad Meena (22), Ram Gopal Jat (23) and Dharampal Jat (22).
The police said that the youth started from Ajmer at 1.35 am and they sat on the roof because the train was overcrowded.
“When the train halted at Bhilwara station, others travelling with them informed the security guard about the accident,” said Bhilwara station superintendent Anil Sharma.
A Northwestern Railway spokesperson in Jaipur said the matter was under investigation.
“The victims were travelling atop an AC coach. The AC coaches are a little higher than the normal coaches and because of this they hit the bridge,” said Veerbhan Ajwani, superintendent of police, Government Railway Police, Ajmer.
“The victims could not see the bridge overhead due to darkness,” said Ramesh Kumar a fellow traveller.
On January 23, seven persons were killed in similar circumstances.