In September last year, 14-year-old Santoshi died of alleged starvation in Jharkhand. As the state counters claims of a similar death, and announces grain banks, revisiting Karimati
While half-a-dozen deaths since October 2017 have been attributed to starvation, Roy said that barring the case of Santoshi Kumari of Simdega district in October last year, no genuine case of an eligible candidate being deprived of ration has come to notice.
The probe report said the woman’s brother-in-law Bholaram Mahto who shared his home courtyard with her used to look after the woman and also provide food to her.
The son said that after his father’s death in 2010, the little produce from a small farm with the family lasted barely two-to-three months. Officials are also probing as to why the woman, or any other member of her family, was reportedly not getting any other government benefits.
Das also said the temple in Rajrappa area of the district should also have a cloakroom and a queue complex modeled on the lines of Vaishno Devi temple in Katra area of Jammu and Kashmir.
On April 4, as per the complainant, a mob came to her house and dragged Shamsuddin out alleging that he was a child-lifter. They took him to the nearby Turi Tola and beat him up.
Just ahead of the baby’s delivery, the quack, following an ultrasound, told the mother that it would be a girl, but a son was born. The quack then allegedly cut the genitals of the baby and claimed before the family that a girl with deformities was born.
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On Sunday, the villagers also detained the ANM and the Block Development Officer, who had gone there after getting the reports of the deaths. Officials have seized the vaccine kit and CM Raghubar Das has announcd compensation
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Ansari’s younger daughter told police that her father had killed her mother and elder sister and saw him fleeing with an axe after committing the crime.
He carried a reward of Rs 1 crore on his head. Police said he was well-educated and was involved in a number of attacks on security forces.
In the past few months, Jharkhand has witnessed over half-a-dozen deaths, which have been dubbed as “starvation deaths”. The state government has attributed these to illness, old age and other reasons.
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Raghubar Das said the government was focusing on small, need-based plans suggested by the villagers themselves.