The body of a 38-year-old migrant worker was discovered in the toilet of a Shramik Special Train at Uttar Pradesh’s Jhansi railway station on Thursday. The body was found railway workers while sanitizing the coaches. It is being presumed that the man died a few days ago and his body was lying in the toilet ever since.
The labourer, identified as Mohan Lal Sharma, was a resident of Basti District in Eastern Uttar Pradesh. Sharma worked as a daily wage earner in Mumbai and was currently jobless due to the COVID-19 lockdown. On May 23, Sharma had managed to reach Jhansi along with other migrants. On reaching Jhansi, labourers were sent by district administration to the station to board a train to Gorakhpur to reach their respective homes.
Sharma is believed to have died on the train after boarding it. When the same train returned to Jhansi on May 27, the railway workers were horrified to discover Sharma’s body in the train’s toilet. Kanhaiya Lal Sharma, relative of the deceased, told NDTV that they were informed about the news by village Pradhan (chief), who had received the call from Jhansi Police. The deceased had been carrying Rs 28,000, a bar of soap and some books. “He wanted to come home because there was no work,” Kanhaiya Lal added. The body will undergo post-mortem and would be handed over to Sharma’s relatives, after a COVID-19 test.