The Centre on Saturday 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 nationwide lockdown.
“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 Cr.PC in cases of unnatural deaths and follows further legal process,” the minister added.
Out of the 97 cases of death, the state police sent dead bodies for post mortem in 87 cases, the minister said. This is the first time the Minister agreed about migrant labourers deaths during lockdown. Earlier, the government claimed that it has no data on deaths of migrants during the lockdown.