NEW DELHI: Atleast seven deaths were reported aboard special Shramik trains on Wednesday. Indian Railways said most of them died due to pre-existing illness.
According to media reports, four of seven deaths on-board trains were travelling to Bihar and three were terminating in Uttar Pradesh. These fatalities happened over the past few days, and were reported on Wednesday.
Commenting on the same, a spokesperson of the ministry of railways said to the media, “A few deaths have been reported in Shramik special trains. In most of these cases, it is discovered that those who died are old sick people and chronic disease patients, who had actually gone to big cities for medical treatment and could come back only after the Railways started these Shramik Special trains."
This explaination from the railways came after 35-year-old migrant was found dead on board a Shramik Train in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur. A heart breaking video of her body lying on the platform next to her toddler went viral on social media on Wednesday. The baby was seen playing with the shroud covered on her and tried to wake her up.
The ministry said that she died as she had recently undergone heart surgery, adding that it was also corroborated by her son.
A four-year-old son of a migrant was found dead on board another Shramik Train on the same station.
In another case which was reported from Bihar's Danapur where the body of a 70-year-old man was found in Mumbai-Darbhanga Shramik Special train.
The body of 45-yea-old a resident of Bahraich (UP) was also found aboard the Vapi-Deen Dayal Upadhayay Junction Shramik Special train when it reached Sagar railway station. According to the railways, the body has been kept at the district hospital for postmortem and for testing for Covid-19.
In Uttar Pradesh, a train ferrying migrant workers from Mumbai reached Manduadih, Varanasi, on Wednesday with two dead passengers, physically challenged Dashrath Prajapati (30), and 63-year-old Ram Ratan Gaud who suffered from other diseases.
According to reports, the national carrier has run 3,604 Shramik Trains ferrying nearly 48 lakh migrants till Wednesday.