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Balasore: Health and Family Welfare Minister Pratap Jena on Thursday ordered a probe into the alleged dropping of a dead body on the road by an ambulance driver when the attendant couldn’t afford to pay.

Jena has asked Balasore Collector Pramod Kumar Das to investigate the matter and submit a report. Preliminary investigation revealed that neither 102 nor 108 ambulance was involved in the incident.

The driver of a private ambulance had allegedly dropped an elderly man’s body at Paikali near Soro in Balasore district after the attendant of the deceased failed to pay him.

A daily wager, Rehman Khan of Chintamanipada village under Soro police limits, fell ill on Wednesday. A neighbour, Tuni Behera, rushed him to the District Headquarters Hospital where he breathed last in the morning.

She approached a private ambulance to bring the body back to his village. However, the driver abandoned the body when she expressed inability to pay for the service. Later, villagers took the body to a nearby burial ground and buried it.

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