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Indian officials take stock as more pack into ‘cancer train’

Ranks of afflicted swell after years of pesticide use

BHATINDA, India — The train crawls into the grimy station, and scores of anxious cancer patients scramble to find assigned berths, floor space, even corners. Wrapped in large woolen blankets against the wintry cold, the passengers prepare for an overnight journey to the nearest public hospital, 220 miles away.

Many call it India’s ‘‘cancer train.’’

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