Most migrants on Shramik special trains died of existing illness
New Delhi : Nothing less than seven deaths have been reported on Wednesday in Shramik Special trains run by the Indian Railways to ferry stranded migrants. The authority has clarified that most of them were due to existing illness.
"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," a spokesperson of the ministry of railways said.
The statement came after a video of a 35-year-old migrant body lying at Bihar’s Muzaffarpur railway station went viral. A toddler was seen playing by the side of his mother's dead body. The ministry attributed her death to recent heart surgery, adding that it was also corroborated by her son.
In another case reported from Bihar’s Muzaffarpur a four-year-old son of a migrant was found dead onboard another Shramik Train. Another case from the state was from 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 with 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, according to PTI.
“It is reported that both the people who died were already ill. One of them, a 30-year-old man, was suffering from paralysis and was undergoing treatment for kidney disease in Mumbai. The other person, who was 63, also suffered from other diseases,” the ministry of railways tweeted responding to allegations over two death in the train from Mumbai.