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.