Kerala records 345 deaths by train hits in 6 months
Kannur: A shocking report revealed that number of people killed after being hit by trains is increasing day-by-day in Kerala. Within the last six months, 345 people were killed by train hits in the state. Among these people, most of them committed suicide.
In Thiruvananthapuram division, railway reported 211 deaths on the tracks. Meanwhile, Palakkad recorded 134 deaths and it is also reported that 83 people were injured.
In 2017, 513 people were killed after being hit by trains. 322 cases in Thiruvananthapuram division and 191 cases in Palakkad division were reported during this period.
A total of 195 people met with accidents in Palakkad division within one and half years. Though they had a narrow escape from the accident, most of them suffered physical disability.
In view of the alarming rate of accidents on railway tracks, Railway Protection Force has alerted to dial up the emergency number 182 to inform accidents.
However, Railway is criticised for not giving any compensation to the dependants of the people who were killed in accidents on railway tracks. Officials who are not holding work permit card also come under this law. They will not get any compensation if they meet with accidents during duty.
At the same time, railway will provide compensation if a person is killed after being hit by train when the railway gate is open. If a passenger dies after falling from train, his relatives can approach the Railway Claims Tribunal for compensation.