JHANSI: Body of a 38-year-old migrant worker of Basti, who had boarded a Jhansi-Chhapra Shramik Special train for Gorakhpur on May 23, was found inside the toilet of the train when the empty rake was being sanitized in Jhansi railway yard on Wednesday night.
The train went all the way to its destination Chhapra and returned with no one noticing the body. GRP said the deceased had boarded the train on Sunday, but could not confirm when he died. Rs 28,000 have been recovered from his possession along with some other articles.
The deceased, Mohan Lal Sharma, who was identified by his Aadhaar card, had come from Mumbai to Jhansi hitch-hiking on trucks and reached Raksa border near Jhansi. Here, after medical screening, he boarded a Chhapra-bound Shramik Special train with a boarding pass for Gorakhpur, from where he intended to go to Basti, 70 km away.
GRP said he belonged to Handuwa village under Gaur police station jurisdiction of Basti district. In Mumbai, he used to work in a chips factory and when he lost job due to lockdown, he returned along with other migrants.
PRO NCR Jhansi Manoj Kumar Singh said the deceased had boarded train No. 04168 Shramik Special, which originated from Jhansi on Saturday (May 23).“On Wednesday night, when the empty rake returned it was sent to the yard. Here, while it was being sanitised, a worker noticed the body inside the toilet of a compartment.”
Later, GRP was summoned and the body was sent to mortuary. Post-mortem was performed on Friday after his relatives arrived. However, since the body was a couple of days old, the sample for Covid test couldn’t be extracted.
Station Officer (SO), Jhansi GRP, Anjana Singh said, “We contacted the head of the village mentioned in Sharma’s Aadhaar card and passed on the information. Sharma’s family members arrived here today. The body has been handed over to them.”
DRM Jhansi Sandeep Mathur said, “As per protocol, Shramik Special trains are sanitised after they reach the point from where they started. When these trains reach their destination, the gates of the coaches are closed and after being sanitised from outside they return.”