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  News   Nation  19 Sep 2020  Piyush Goyal releases data of how many people died while travelling on Shramik Special trains

Piyush Goyal releases data of how many people died while travelling on Shramik Special trains

ROZANA SPOKESMAN
Published Sep 19, 2020, 4:30 pm IST
Updated Sep 19, 2020, 4:30 pm IST
The government has informed the Rajya Sabha that 97 people died on board the Shramik Specials, admitting for the first time that migrant
Piyush Goyal
 Piyush Goyal

New Delhi: The government has informed the Rajya Sabha that 97 people died on board the Shramik Specials, admitting for the first time that migrant labourers lost their lives in the trains which were run to ferry them during the Covid-19 lockdown.

In a written answer to a question posed by TMC MP Derek O’Brien on Friday, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal provided the statistics to the upper house of parliament.

Piyush GoyalPiyush Goyal "Based on the data provided by State Police, 97 persons have been reported dead till 09.09.2020 while travelling on board Shramik Special Trains during current Covid-19 situation/crisis," the minister said.

"The state police registers case under Section 174 of CrPC in cases of unnatural deaths and follows further legal process," the minister said.

Out of the 97 cases of death, the state police sent dead bodies for post mortem in 87 cases, the minister said.

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A total of 51 post mortem reports have been obtained from respective state police forces so far, in which the reasons for deaths have been shown as cardiac arrest/heart disease/brain hemorrhage/pre-existing chronic disease/chronic lung disease/chronic liver disease etc, the minister said.

The statement of the minister comes after the government came under criticism when the labour ministry earlier this week informed parliament that no data is available on the number of migrant workers who lost their lives during the 68-day lockdown enforced on March 25 to curb the spread of the Covid-19.

Shramik Special trains began operation on May 1 to ferry migrant labourers back to their home states during the lockdown period.

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