The central government has admitted for the first time that during the lockdown implemented in the wake of the Kovid-19 crisis, 97 people died while traveling in labor-specific trains run to take migrant workers to their destination.
Railway Minister Piyush Goyal gave this information to the Rajya Sabha on Friday in a written reply to a question asked by Trinamool Congress's Dereke O'Brien. "Based on the data provided by the state police, 97 people were reported dead by September 9 while traveling in labor special trains during the current Kovid-19 crisis," Goyal said.
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He said that out of these 97 cases of death, in 87 cases the state police sent the bodies for post mortem and so far 51 post mortem reports have been received from the concerned state police. He said, "Post mortem report shows heart failure due to death, heart disease, brain haemorrhage, chronic critical illness, severe lung disease, severe liver disease etc.
Goyal said that a total of 63.19 lakh, stranded workers traveled in labor-specific trains.
Workers returned to Mumbai, but are not getting work as before