For the migrant workers, this lockdown has been a curse. On May 27th, at least nine passengers were reported dead in a span of 48 hours while they were on board the government provided Shramik Special trains. But the government stated that all of these people had underlying health conditions.
Adding to the government's statement Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal on Friday in a Tweet urged people to travel in Shramik Special trains “only when necessary”.
He further added,
I appeal to people suffering from serious ailments, pregnant women and those above 65 years and below 10 years of age to travel only when necessary in Shramik trains.
I appeal to people suffering from serious ailments, pregnant women & those above 65 years & below 10 years of age to travel only when necessary in Shramik Trains.— Piyush Goyal (@PiyushGoyal) May 29, 2020
Railway Parivaar is committed to ensuring safety of all passengers. #SafeRailwayshttps://t.co/eRur29eKPH pic.twitter.com/imH7JMkYJn
Twitter was outraged by this insensitivity.
Trust me Piyush, this was pretty "necessary" travel. 🙄— Shireen (@shireenazam) May 29, 2020
Resign !! Pm modi should Appoint someone competent to run railways— Dr. Ashwin Bharadwaj (@AshwinBhawa) May 29, 2020
Have you arranged for shelter, food and water first 🤨🤨🤨— Nicola (@cloudnikki) May 29, 2020
This statement emerged after a heartbreaking video of a child trying to wake up his dead mother at the Muzaffarpur railway station in Bihar was also widely shared on social media.