Tahlka News Desk
Guwahati: Again a heart rending incident has came from Assam, Majuli district where a man carries body of his 18 year old brother on a bicycle due to absence of motorable road in the area. Before this eight month earlier a tribal was carrying the dead of his wife on his shoulder in the absence of money of hearse van.
The incident occurred in the constituency of Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal. later, probe ordered by Sonowal to direct the situation as official 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.
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 brought the patient by bicycle. His death occured due to respiratory problems, they left with his body tied to a bicycle. This happened despite the hospital having a hearse van," said Jha. The doctor had called for the hearse van to send the body home, but the family left with the body before the driver arrived," said Manik Mili.
"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."