A day after a man was seen carrying his dead wife's body on his shoulder in Odisha, another mortifying video has appeared, where a member of a hospital staff in Balasore in Odisha is seen breaking the bones of a dead body to tie it in a bundle.
Later, two workers are seen wrapping body in a cloth and plastic sheet, and slinging it to a bamboo stick before carrying it.
According to an NDTV report, Salamani Barik, a 76-year-old widow was run over by a train on Wednesday near Soro railway station in Balasore district.
The police took the body to the Soro Community Health Centre (CHC), where it lay for four hours making the body stiff and difficult to carry.
The Indian Express quoted Soro GRP Assistant Sub-Inspector, Pratap Rudra Mishra, as saying he had asked an auto-rickshaw driver to take the body to the railway station, so that it could be sent by train to Balasore, about 30 km away.
"But the auto driver asked for Rs 3,500 while we cannot spend more than Rs 1,000 for such purposes. I had no other option but to ask some Grade IV workers of the Soro CHC to carry it," Mishra said.
According to Mishra's statement, because of the stiffness, the workers broke the body at the hip, wrapped it in an old sheet, tied it to a bamboo pole, and carried it to the railway station, which is about 2 km away.
Shocked over the way his mother's body was broken, the Indian Express quoted Barik's son as saying, "They could have been a little more humane. I initially thought of filing a case against the policemen, but who would act on our complaint."
After the incident came to light, Odisha Human Rights Commission chairperson, BK Mishra, issued a notice to the Inspector General, GRP, and the Balasore District Collector, asking them to order a probe into the incident and submit a report within four weeks.
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