HYDERABAD: While enroute Uttar Pradesh on special Shramik train for migrant workers, a woman gave birth to a baby girl in the train with the help of other women passengers. The couple were on their way to their native village in UP's Balrampur.
Her husband, Sandeep, who works as a construction worker in Bengaluru said that women on the train formed a protective shield around her and helped his wife give birth, a news agency reported.
Sandeep said his wife gave birth to the baby girl as the train approached Bina in Madhya Pradesh. Doctors there medically examined her and allowed them to continue their journey after ensuring her fitness.
The couple alighted at Lucknow, after which the woman and her newborn were taken to a hospital by an ambulance.
"The doctors did a medical check and gave some medicines... We then continued with our journey on a government bus to our home town in Balrampur," Sandeep said.
Meanwhile, Inspector General of Police and Additional Commissioner of Police (Administration), Bengaluru city, Hemant Nimbalkar, said the woman had boarded the Shramik Special train without informing the authorities about her condition.
We made it @BlrCityPolice!— Hemant Nimbalkar IPS (@IPSHemant) May 23, 2020
The mother and baby are fine & healthy..
🙏to @dcpwhitefield who made it possible to board train to UP for this pregnant lady & husband.
She delivered on board and all is well. Anuchet ensured; she is taken care on board & couple shared baby’s photo! pic.twitter.com/dv35rpfOtl
On May 1, following criticism from the Opposition, the Centre launched over 300 ‘Shramik Special’ trains to ferry migrant workers home on a daily basis. However, this has not stopped the exodus of workers from cities on foot.