DUSHANBE, October 25, Asia-Plus - According to information from Tajik transportation police, the bodies of 292 Tajik citizens have been returned to Tajikistan from the Russian Federation since the beginning of the year.  

A source at Tajik transportation police said that 138 Tajiks had been killed, 115 had perished as a result of illness, and 16 had died in traffic accidents, and 55 had been killed in various accidents such as fire, etc.  The cause of death in 12 cases has been unknown, according to the source.    

The majority of them are labor migrants.  The number has represented an increase on January-September 2005 figures, when the borides of some 200 Tajiks were returned to Tajikistan from Russia.