Railway Minister, Piyush Goyal, informed the Rajya Sabha for the first itme about the deaths 97 migrant workers onboard the Shramik trains. The government was using these special trains to send migrant workers home from 1st May 2020.
The lockdown left many migrant workers without work. Therefore, many tried to return home, but many died on the way. Inappropriate conditions resulted in the deaths of many workers. However the Railways refused to take responsibility. The labour ministry then reported to the parliament that there was no data for the deaths of migrant workers.
After that, an independent database reported that 96 out of 906 deaths happened on Shramik trains. Hence, it is clear that the number was quite accurate to the real one.
97 migrant workers died on Shramik trains, says Railway Minister Piyush Goyal
Railway Minister Piyush Goyal gave the statistics of the deaths till 9th September 2020 in response to TMC MP Derek O’Brien’s question on them.
Goyal also said that the Railway Police registers such case under Section 174 of CRPC under unnatural deaths. Police then follow up with further investigations and legal processes.
Out of 97 cases, 87 bodies have been sent for postmortem. According to police records, the cause of death for 51 of these are: cardiac arrest, heart disease, brain haemorrhage, existing chronic disease, chronic lung disease, chronic liver disease and similar conditions.
In total 4621 Shramik Special Trains were used to carry 6,319,000 passengers to their home states between 1st May to 1st August.
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