The workers fell asleep on the tracks of the train. They were walking back to their home village after the steel company they were working for, laid them off due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Without a clear mechanism in place, the federal government has ordered states to screen and isolate tens of thousands of stranded workers to prevent them from travelling, adding to the strain on local health services.
Millions of Indian workers protest PM Narendra Modi's economic policies in demonstrations called by 10 trade unions that claim 250 million members between them.
The visit drew ire from rights activists and leaders of the opposition as the ruling BJP has barred foreign journalists and independent groups from visiting Kashmir, where a clampdown on dissent has continued since August 5.
The recent election results of two states signal a weakening of the Modi regime in the Centre and the re-emergence of its political opponents that will likely slow down its expansion plans.
Political opposition in India is all but fading away as Prime Minister Narendra Modi bulldozes laws through the Indian Parliament and 'convinces' politicians to defect to his party.
With public mobile, landline telephone and internet connections still severed by the authorities in most of India-administered Jammu and Kashmir, many are still struggling to make contact with relatives to plan their Eid al Adha holiday.
The ruling BJP has been accused of toppling elected state governments led by the opposition parties either by buying or intimidating the lawmakers in order to pass controversial bills in the absence of a strong opposition in the parliament.
Gandhi announced his resignation on Twitter, saying he was stepping down because accountability is "critical for the future growth of our party."
PM Narendra Modi sworn in for an historic second term along with his ministers, a week after the Hindu right-wing party's landslide victory in general election.
The BJP's re-election leaves India divided and gives an even broader mandate to a party accused of tearing apart India's founding principles.
PM Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party hits best ever score, giving it an even bigger majority than five years ago and defying predictions of a dip, final results confirm.
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