A four-year-old son of a migrant worker died after arriving at Muzaffarpur station by a 'Shramik Special' train, as the father ran from pillar to post looking for milk.
Maqsood Alam, who worked as a house painter in Delhi, lost his job due to the coronavirus lockdown. Unable to pay rent for his home in Delhi, he was heading back to his native in West Champaran, Bihar with his family, after selling off their belongings.
His son Ishaq had fallen sick due to the heat. By the time their train reached Muzaffarpur junction his condition deteriorated. As Alam searched for milk, the child breathed his last. Alam alleged that the administration took too long to respond.
Deputy Superintendent of Police, Railways, Ramakant Upadhyay, said the child, who was ailing for some time, had died before the train reached Muzaffarpur station.
"The child had died before the train pulled up at the platform here and we rushed as soon as we got the information," Hindustan Times quoted Upadhyay as saying. He further said that the administration made arrangements for the family's journey to West Champaran and also made an ex-gratia payment.
On the same day, incidentally, a woman in another train that pulled up on a different platform carrying scores of migrant workers breathed her last after falling ill.
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