In Assam CM’s constituency, man carries brother’s body on cycle

Within hours of the footage being telecast by local TV channels Tuesday, Sonowal ordered a probe and directed a top health official to rush to the spot.

Written by Samudra Gupta Kashyap | Guwahati | Updated: April 19, 2017 12:41 pm
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Eight months after visuals from Odisha of a tribal carrying his wife’s body on his shoulder triggered widespread anguish, images have emerged from Assam of a man carrying the body of his 18-year-old younger brother on a bicycle due to the absence of a motorable road. The latest incident was reported from Majuli, the constituency represented by Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal. Within hours of the footage being telecast by local TV channels Tuesday, Sonowal ordered a probe and directed a top health official to rush to the spot.

Local officials said the patient’s family hailed from Balijan village in Lakhimpur district, about 8 km away, and left with his body without waiting for the hospital’s hearse van driver to arrive. “What we have found is that the patient belongs to a village that falls under Lakhimpur district. But his family members decided to bring him to the civil hospital in Garamur, which is closer. Apparently, their village Balijan does not have a motorable road link, and they have to cross a makeshift bamboo bridge to reach the main road to Garamur,” Majuli Deputy Commissioner P G Jha told The Indian Express.

Jha said that the patient, Dimple Das, was brought to the hospital located in the headquarters of the island district by about six people at around 3.30 am Monday. But Das died even as the doctor on duty was diagnosing the case, he said. “They had brought the patient on a bicycle. Following his death due to respiratory problems, they left with his body tied to a bicycle. This happened despite the hospital having a hearse van,” said Jha.

According to Manik Mili, superintendent at the civil hospital, Das was diagnosed with a “severe respiratory problem” and brought in a “very serious condition”. “The doctor on duty diagnosed a severe respiratory problem. But even as he tried to provide him with oxygen supply, the patient passed away. The doctor called for the hearse van to send the body home, but the family left with the body before the driver arrived,” Mili said.

“Taking a strong view of an incident where a dead body was carried on cycle on the way to the village of the deceased, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has directed the Director, Health Services to rush to Majuli tonight and take stock of the circumstances leading to the incident. Expressing his concern, Sonowal asked the Director, Health Services to go to Majuli and immediately and carry out an inquiry to the incident.” Last August, visuals had emerged from Kalahandi of Dana Majhi, a tribal, carrying his wife’s body on his shoulders for nearly 12 km as he had no money for a hearse van.

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    Sheik Mohamed
    Apr 19, 2017 at 7:30 pm
    Shame on part of entire nation, that even after attaining of Independence about seventy years back, we are still incapable of tackling this type of issued faced by common men, instead try to put blame either on present ruling Government or of the past governments in our country.
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      kapyS
      Apr 19, 2017 at 5:49 pm
      and we are offended because some mobile app CEO called us poor
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        Sankaran Krishnan
        Apr 19, 2017 at 5:01 pm
        My simple query to the media is what action you and your team had taken to help the persons who was carrying the dead body on his cycle and the way you had hyped to the local TV channels to sensationalise the news and instead helped the person with transport arrangements might have been very well appreciated and even if its telecast people definitely appreciated but not like this to exploit for the sake of news item and for selfish purpose and hope the Media Board if any at am will initiate action against you for the way it was advertised instead of giving them a helping hand !!! Can you tell us what you had achieved by doing this and anyhow the Health Department will awaken due to your publishing and let us convey our thanks for that ..
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          Sujatha Selvam
          Apr 19, 2017 at 7:25 pm
          Instead of questioning the Press or Media, question your BJP government why they did not provide the basic infrastructure. Press can only highlight, it is the responsibility of the government of the day to take proper action.
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          Gopal
          Apr 19, 2017 at 4:15 pm
          What is wrong? He brought his brother live and will take him back dead. This is how family is supposed to be . He was there for his brother in life and in death. Let's salute the man for doing his best. So, what if he couldn't use a van or even if he couldn't afford it? He did it without taking charity from anybody and kept his dignity.
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            Sujatha Selvam
            Apr 19, 2017 at 7:26 pm
            And we call ourself as regional Super Power!
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            AR Mallick
            Apr 19, 2017 at 3:56 pm
            This is what India is, real India, but want to be a member of SCouncil. Make country to the human level/Standards/etc Water, Health, Education, Food
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              Budhin Borthakur
              Apr 19, 2017 at 3:10 pm
              This is one instance that luckily noticed by media people. So many patheticsuppliers are happening in rural areas of am. Recently in biswanath chariali civil hospital my 80 years old father was treated by a pediatrician. Because there was no doctor for general medicine. My father is safe now but it reflects the so called development. We don't even right to protest or react, because next time the paediatrician will refuse to treat my father and there is no alternative. Help less
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                Shabih Siddiqui
                Apr 19, 2017 at 3:06 pm
                Severe respiratory problem? I pity the patients attending this doctor's clinic.There is no narrative from he deceased person's family.RIP departed soul.
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                  Kunjan
                  Apr 19, 2017 at 2:49 pm
                  There were Chief Ministers before the present one also. So this is not a recent situation. Congress ruled (ruined) the State for long years. These are all the balance sheet of their failures. Atleast now from onwards, there should not be room for these types of y affairs. Let the new CM try to do all out efforts for a progressive am with all necessary facilities, atleast good roads, communication, food, shelter, health, education etc.
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