NUAPADA: The endless woes of migrant workers refuse to end. In a fresh incident, a migrant woman labourer of Dhanujhola village under Gondamer gram panchayat in Komna block of the district had to leave behind her husband’s body in a train in the absence of money to transport it back to the village.
The woman, Sarojini Nag (25), said she had to leave behind the body of Jugal Nag (29) in the train at Nagpur as she had no money to bring it home to perform the last rites.
Jugal and Sarojini, along with their three children (two daughters and an 18-month-old son), had migrated to Andhra Pradesh to work in a brick kiln last year.
They had accepted an advance of Rs 40,000 from labour sardar Muni Ram and were engaged in a kiln located in Paidapuli near Gourpet in Andhra Pradesh.
Jugal fell sick and was suffering from fever at the workplace. In the absence of treatment and proper nutrition, his condition deteriorated.
Sarojini said as Rs 30,000 had been recovered by the kiln owner, he allowed the family to leave by paying the travel fare to the village.
The family boarded a train for their village and by the time they reached Nagpur on December 11 noon, Jugal had died.
The family was supposed to board another train to Odisha from Nagpur but with no money in hand and none willing to help her, she decided to leave behind the body in the train and return to the village with children.
At home, she performed the last rites and preferred not to inform anybody in the family to avoid an unpleasant situation. Sarojini is still in shock and not in a condition to share any detail of the incident.
A clueless Sarojini now has to shoulder the responsibility of her widow mother-in-law and her three children.
The district administration too was unaware of the incident.