New Delhi: India’s railway lines have become a hotbed of death, the railway department has revealed that thousands of people die on the tracks every year in various accidents.
According to Indian media reports, 8,733 people died on railway lines in India in 2020 alone, most of them returning home from cities after a nationwide lockdown caused by the corona virus. ۔
The high death toll is due to a ban on passenger trains in the country for most of last year.
This revelation has been made by the Railway Board in its data, the data is from January to December 2020.
The Railway Board said that according to the information received from the state police, 805 people were injured and 8,733 people were killed on the railway lines between January 2020 and December 2020.
Most of them were migrant workers who decided to walk on the railway line, considering it a shorter route than the road or highway.
He also chose the railway line to avoid police crackdowns on lockdown violations.
According to an official, these people were thinking that no train would run due to the closure of passenger trains, but freight trains have been running since the lockdown on March 25, 2020.
On May 8 last year, a tragic incident took place in Aurangabad district when a freight train rammed into workers on the railway line, killing 16 workers. These unfortunate people were going to their homes in Madhya Pradesh.
According to railway data collected from different states, 56,271 people died and 5,938 were injured on railway lines between 2016 and 2019.
The number of deaths in railway accidents in 2016 was 14,032. In 2017, 12,832 people were killed on railway lines, in 2018 14,197 and in 2019 15,204 people were killed.