Four senior citizens from Tamil Nadu, travelling on a train from Agra to Coimbatore, died on Monday near the Jhansi railway station in Uttar Pradesh. The deceased were part of a group undertaking a religious tour of north India.
According to reports, the passengers travelling on the Kerala Express, which plies from New Delhi to Thiruvananthapuram, complained of uneasiness on Monday evening and by the time the train reached Jhansi, three of them had passed away.
The dead bodies were taken off at Jhansi railway station and sent for post mortem. All the passengers were travelling from Agra to Coimbatore and were seated in S-8 and S-9 coaches.
Three of them are from Coimbatore and one from Coonoor. A fifth member from the group, Kaladevi, 58, passed away before the group boarded the Kerala Express bound for Thiruvananthapuram at Agra.
The bodies of three passengers were taken from the train halted at Jhansi railway station and sent to Jhansi Medical college and one of the passengers who was taken in a critical condition to the hospital passed away there.
It is being investigated whether the deaths were due to heatstroke or something that the passengers had eaten before.
The deceased were a part of a 68-member group that was returning after visiting Varanasi and Agra. “Shortly after we left Agra, the heat became unbearable and some people started complaining of breathing problems and uneasiness. Before we could get some help, they collapsed,” said a member of the group.