Mancherial: An observation of Mancherial railway police has revealed that the railway track between Sirpur (T) in Kumram Bheem Asifabad district and Peddampet in Peddapalli district has reported 102 deaths of which 61 are suicides, from January 1 to August 31.
While bodies of 93 victims were identified, identities of nine persons are still not known, T Sudhakar, Sub-Inspector government railway police, Mancherial station said. Alarmingly, as many as 61 persons committed suicide on the railway network.
Accidents, natural deaths and other causes accounted for 41 cases. On average, the stretch is seeing around 10 deaths per month.
Incidentally, persons aged between 20 and 40 accounted for a major portion of suicides, informed police.
“Since the tracks pass through residential colonies of Mancherial, Ramakrishnapur, Mandamarri, Bellampalli, Thandur, Rechini and Kaghaznagar towns, many are choosing the network to commit suicide. Killing oneself by laying down on the railway track is painful, but easier than consuming some pesticide and hanging,” a police official opined.
The identity of nine bodies has not been established by railway police. Policemen are forced to perform final rites of the unidentified bodies with the help of voluntary organisations. The deaths can be attributed to either accidents or suicides and some other factors.
“Increased vigilance on the railway tracks by the policemen and raising awareness among the public over suicides can reduce the menace. Suicide is not a solution to any problem,” Mulkala Kumar, a social activist from Mancherial observed.
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