Grave negligence of Indian Railway; Passenger Dies of Cardiac Failure Unable to Get Medical Assistance for more than half an hour

SHORNUR (Kerala): A passenger who was left in the railway platform for more than half an hour in Shornur Junction, one among the major stations in Kerala, died of cardiac failure without getting medical treatment. The grave negligence of the railway has invited stringent criticism from across the country.

The incident happened on Saturday when Mohanan Nair (57) a resident of Thrissur, was travelling from Pune to Thrissur. The passengers said he fell into the lap of one of their fellow passengers. Though he was immediately taken off the train but was unable to get to the hospital and lay on the platform for more than half an hour.

It was after half an hour a doctor on duty in the railway station arrived, but to confirm his death. In the absence of an ambulance, another vehicle owned by a crematorium took his body to the Ottapalam Taluk Hospital for further investigations. Mohanan Nair has been working in Pune for 13 years.

While the Railway ministry is working on beautification of the premises and to improve train journeys, the least preference is given for ensuring the safety of its passengers. There are no ambulance services in most of the railway stations and the stations also lack facilities to meet emergency situations.

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