New Delhi, September 19
The authorities has knowledgeable the Rajya Sabha that 97 individuals died on board the Shramik Specials, admitting for the primary time that migrant labourers misplaced their lives within the trains which have been run to ferry them in the course of the COVID-19 lockdown.
In a written reply to a query posed by TMC MP Derek O’Brien on Friday, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal supplied the statistics to the higher home of parliament.
“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 mentioned.
“The state police registers case under Section 174 of Cr.PC in cases of unnatural deaths and follows further legal process,” the minister mentioned.
Out of the 97 instances of loss of life, the state police despatched useless our bodies for put up mortem in 87 instances, the minister mentioned.
A complete of 51 put up mortem experiences have been obtained from respective state police forces up to now, during which the explanations for deaths have been proven as cardiac arrest/coronary heart illness/mind hemorrhage/pre-existing power illness/power lung illness/power liver illness and many others, the minister mentioned.
The assertion of the minister comes after the federal government got here below criticism when the labour ministry earlier this week knowledgeable parliament that no information is offered on the variety of migrant staff who misplaced their lives in the course of the 68-day lockdown enforced on March 25 to curb the unfold of the COVID-19.
Shramik Special trains started operation on May 1 to ferry migrant labourers again to their house states in the course of the lockdown interval.
In all, 4,621 Shramik Special trains have been operated between May 1 and August 31, carrying 6,319,000 passengers to their house states, the ministry mentioned.
“Policing on Railways being a state topic, prevention of crime, registration of instances, their investigation and upkeep of regulation & order in Railway premises in addition to on working trains are the statutory accountability of the state governments, which they discharge by Government Railway Police (GRP)/District Police,” Goyal mentioned.
“Railway Protection Force (RPF) supplements the efforts of GRP/District Police to provide better protection and security of passenger area & passengers and for related matters,” Goyal mentioned. PTI