Ailing passengers among 81 dead on Shramik Specials | India News

May 31, 2020

NEW DELHI: A total of 80 people died on board Shramik Special trains between May 9 and May 27, among them cancer patients, those suffering from heart ailments, a few with paralysis and many who were too ill to travel.
Data accessed by TOI showed that among those who lost their lives were a 63-year-old cancer patient, Indu Devi, who died on way from Mumbai to Bihar on May 12; three more passengers had cancer.
Admitting that people have died on train journeys, Railway Board Chairman V K Yadav had said on Friday that “railways was in the process of gathering more details”. He also maintained that some reports that alleged passengers were dying of exhaustion, heat and hunger were yet to be investigated. Railways minister Piyush Goyal had also appealed to people suffering from ailments to avoid travel by special trains.
According to data shared by Railway Protection Force (RPF) on Saturday, at least six passengers who died between May 9 and May 28 were suffering from heart ailments. Like 85-year-old Dutiya, a resident of Gorakhpur who died near Banda in UP while returning from Gujarat on May 13. A resident of Balia, Shivji, also died due to heart complications while on a train home from Alwar.
Bashisht Mahto, a 70-year-old, was returning to West Champaran in Bihar from Mumbai — where he had been getting treated for his heart condition — when he breathed his last in a coach. Yet another patient who lost his life to heart disease was 65-year-old Mohammad Mustafa who was returning to UP’s Balrampur.
There was one reported Covid-19 death in this period— that of a passenger travelling from Ludhiana to UP who died near Ambala.
One passenger — Motilal Pandit (78), who was suffering from paralysis and travelling from Rajasthan’s Bhiwandi to Bihar’s Madhubani — had to be rushed to hospital when he developed complications. He died at the hospital.
Three cases of accidental fall were recorded, including 69-year-old Prabhulal Ahirwar from Madhya Pradesh who fell while deboarding a train on May 20, and a 55-year-old man who fell in Jabalpur, also while deboarding. Jabalpur station recorded another death when a young girl named Akruti lost her life as she was “not keeping well”.
Among the dead were two Nepalese citizens. “Autopsy is being conducted to ascertain cause of death in both cases,” said a railways official. Of the 81 dead, over two dozen belonged to UP.
Between May 9 and May 28, over 51 lakh passengers travelled on the special trains. According to railway officials, 1.6 lakh migrants have travelled on board Shramik Specials every day since May 9. A total of 3,898 trains have ferried passengers between May 1 and May 27

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