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Sundargarh: A contractual doctor  of  the Hemgiri CHC had allegedly  taken Rs1,500 as bribe from  the family members of a deceased for  providing free hearse  service  to  carry the body while the driver of ambulance  also  took Rs 400.

However, later  fearing  that  he would  be  exposed,  the   doctor returned  the money to  the  family  members  and  money receipt  was also provided  towards  cost  of  travel in  ambulance. The CDMO, Sundargarh, has ordered an inquiry into the matter.

Sources said one Suren  Ekka, a  resident of Bansidarah village under Ankelbira  panchayat under the Hemgiri   police station had been struck by lightning  on June 24 and was admitted at the Kanika primary health  center  and  later at the Hemgiri  CHC.

A contractual doctor, identified as Harish Chandra Bag, who was on duty in the Hemgiri CHC at that time, instead of informing police, demanded bribe Rs1,500 from  family members of Ekka to  provide ambulance to take the body to his residence.



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