BAREILLY: There was some hope in the time of Covid despair among migrant workers travelling on Shramik special trains and passing through Uttar Pradesh districts. There was good news. Actually, two of them migrant workers gave birth while travelling on separate trains on Saturday.

Most of these workers have been left without work and are making desperate attempts to reach home during the prolonged Covid-19 lockdown.

As soon as one of the Bihar-bound special trains reached Agra Fort station at 4:43 am, a doctor along with team of railway staff helped a migrant worker give birth to a baby girl inside a train coach. The woman, identified as Mamta Yadav of Manoharpur village, Chapra district, was on Jamnagar-Muzaffarpur Shramik express. Passengers informed the railway staff about her condition when she started having labour pain.

“The coach in which the woman was travelling was made empty, and a team of doctors conducted the delivery. Both the baby girl and the woman were healthy and safe. They were allowed to move on. The train left at 6:08am,” S K Shrivastav, divisional commercial manager of Agra division, said.

There was a similar story on board Akbarpur-bound Shramik express. Subhadra, a 30-year-old migrant worker and native of Ambedkar Nagar district, gave birth to a healthy baby boy.

Subhadra was with her husband Durgesh, and the railway officials said that the couple had boarded the train at Jalandhar station. After successful delivery, doctors examined the woman and newborn and allowed them to leave.

With the active support of the railway officials and doctors, it was a well deserved joy for two families of migrant workers, particularly the young mothers on the eve of Mother's Day.

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