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No hearse, woman’s body carried on motorbike

body carried on bike

Jeypore: In a shocking incident, the body of a woman had to be carried on a bike after authorities of Kundura PHC in Koraput district allegedly refused to provide a hearse on Sunday.

Reportedly, Dahana Durua of Keduguda village under Kundura block committed suicide by hanging herself using a sari near Ambguda. The body was taken to Kundura PHC by husband Sambaru Durua and other villagers for autopsy on Friday.

However, the hospital authorities allegedly refused to provide an ambulance or a hearse to shift the body to her village which is located at a distance of 12 km from Kundura PHC.

Despite repeated requests to the PHC authorities for a hearse, their efforts went in vain.

Zilla Parishad member Dhanram Barik  and another villager took Dahana’s body on a bike to Keduguda village, which is situated in dense forests, to perform the last rites.

Following the incident, public representatives and social activists of the district demanded a probe into the allegation of refusal of ambulance by the hospital authorities to carry the woman’s body.

On the day, members of several social organisations expressed their displeasure over the incident and said the district administration should enquire into the matter.


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