Govt. says 97 migrants lost lives on Shramik trains after claiming no data on migrants deaths

During today’s monsoon session of parliament, Union Railway Minister, Piyush Goyal informed that a total of 97 people were reported dead till September 9 while traveling home on Shramik Special Trains deployed by the Centre. The information came as a response to a question raised by Trinamool Congress MP Derek O’Brien regarding the details of total deaths that occurred on the train.

Recently, the labor ministry had informed that “no-data” was available on the number of migrant deaths that occurred during the 68-day lockdown that was imposed in the nation. The response had since attracted a major backlash.   

The Railway Minister further informed that out of the 97 cases, 87 cases were sent for post mortem. so far, 51 reports have been obtained which reveal that the reason for deaths has been chronic illnesses and not the scarcity of food and water.

“Out of these 97 cases of death, State Police sent dead bodies for post mortem in 87 cases. 51 post mortem reports have been obtained from respective State Police 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,” he said.

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