Seven boys between 14 and 16 years of age were reportedly on their way back from a wedding when the accident happened. All seven of them, who were friends, lived in the same colony nearby. Five of them, Vijay, Akash, Rahul, Sameer, Arif and Salim died on the spot as the train hit them while another boy who has not yet been identified is battling for his life in the ICU.
After the incident local residents blocked the railway track in protest, they claim the area is poorly lit at night and there is continuous movement of people who reportedly take a shortcut by crossing the train tracks. Residents claim there is no warning when trains arrive and even the elderly and children on their way to school often cross the tracks.
A large contingent of police force has been sent to tackle the situation in Sadikpura. The superintendent of police of Hapur and the District Magistrate have rushed to the spot after tension erupted in the area.
Villagers say the seven teenagers apparently worked as helpers and cooks at wedding receptions and had planned to travel outside for employment.