Assam body-on-cycle case: Enroute deceased’s house, probe team falls into river as bamboo bridge collapses

Several members of another probe team headed by the state director of health services sustained injuries when the bamboo bridge on a stream collapsed as they were crossing it to reach the dead boy’s house.

Written by Samudra Gupta Kashyap | Guwahati | Updated: April 20, 2017 8:35 am
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While the Majuli district administration has begun its own investigation into the incident of a man carrying his younger brother’s body on a bicycle on Monday morning from a government hospital to his village, several members of another probe team headed by the state director of health services sustained injuries when the bamboo bridge on a stream collapsed as they were crossing it to reach the dead boy’s house. “We have started investigation into two aspects; one, whether the allegation that the family had called up the 108 ambulance service was true; and two, whether any hospital employee had actually seen the body being tied to a bicycle in the hospital premises itself,” Pallav Gopal Jha, deputy commissioner of the newly-created Majuli district said.

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In what appears to have caused further embarrassment to the government, at least four members of a government investigation team fell into a river when the makeshift bamboo bridge which leads to the victim’s village collapsed due to overload. While Rathin Bhuyan, state director of health services, who was heading the team had a narrow escape, the four who fell into the Luit river included additional director Tankeswar Das and Majuli additional deputy commissioner Naren Das.

The incident of a man taking his younger brother’s body from the Majuli government hospital after he died in the wee hours of Monday had caused strong reactions, especially as it took place in Majuli, which is a legislative assembly constituency represented by none other than Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal.

The body, tied to the bicycle, was taken to their village, about eight kms from the government hospital at Garamur, with the man having to cross the Luit, a tributary of the Brahmaputra, by a make-shift bamboo bridge. It was this bridge that collapsed when the probe team from Guwahati, headed by state director of health services, was on its way to the village. The chief minister asked the state health services director to immediately rush to Majuli to carry out a probe. This was when the makeshift bamboo bridge collapsed on Wednesday.

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    Jyotirmoy Sarma
    Apr 20, 2017 at 9:21 am
    Govt. of am should i) decide to give compensation to family of the deceased. ii) Punish concerned officials, if 108 ambulance was not deliberately provided iii) Declare a rule to general public that that 108 ambulance will be provided free to carry dead bodies from all hospitals.
    1. V
      Apr 20, 2017 at 7:05 am
      That is due to the dead man's revenge.
      1. S
        Samsul Alam
        Apr 20, 2017 at 6:16 am
        এয়া পৰিবৰ্তন চৰকাৰৰ
        1. B
          Apr 20, 2017 at 6:10 am
          Bhaiyo bahno, EVERY INDIAN IS SPECIAL, EVERY INDIAN IS VIP. Kyon bakwas karte ho Modi ji. jhooth mat bolo,
          1. R
            Apr 20, 2017 at 10:14 am
            Remember, only Modi ji is being asked questions...bitterhoney so very conveniently forgets Nehru ji, Indira ji, Rajiv ji, Sonia ji, Rahul ji. Why, their honey was sweet for you?
          2. S
            Apr 20, 2017 at 4:14 am
            & they selected bjp for development who is more worried about counting child births to polarise for future elections
            1. R
              Apr 20, 2017 at 10:16 am
              am was so highly developed for sahil from bangladesh...suddenly after the BJP formed government, it became undeveloped ;)
            2. A
              Ari C
              Apr 20, 2017 at 1:19 am
              The four 'G ees' travelling in the presumably tax-funded car found it too inconvenient to get down from the car and walk across the bridge, thus lowering the weight on the car. Serves them right!
              1. A
                Ari C
                Apr 20, 2017 at 1:21 am
                I meant four "g ees"
              2. S
                Shabih Siddiqui
                Apr 20, 2017 at 12:20 am
                Teach the ignorant babus that flimsy life sustaining bridges are not meant to take the weight of corrupt officials!
                1. M
                  Apr 19, 2017 at 10:56 pm
                  Sad state of affairs. Before auth should ask how they will transport...if answer is bicycle, should arrange the ambulance etc. This is 2017, no one should carry their loved one body in this manner. Wake up india.
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