Another case of apathy in Odisha—no ambulance makes officials ‘break’ dead body in two halves

| Friday, August 26, 2016 - 16:37
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dead body hung on bamboo pole, Odisha, body broken, body stuffed in plastic bag, no ambulance, Kalahandi,

Bhubaneswar: A day after a man was seen walking with his wife's dead body on his shoulder another incident emerged from Odisha on Friday. 
In the video two workers are seen breaking the bones of a dead body and then packing the broken body into a large plastic bag and then hanging the body from a bamboo pole to carry it for cremation.
Salamani Barik, a 76-year-old widow lost her life after she was run over by a train on Wednesday. After her death her body was lying unattended for hours at a community health centre in Soro town in Balasore district. Since there are no post-mortem facilities in Soro her body had to be taken to a hospital 30 kms away. 
Since no ambulance was available, the railway officials decided to send the body by train. When hiring an auto-ricksaw became expensive, the police decided to ‘break’ the body in two. As rigor mortis had set in the body had become stiff so the officials decide to cut the body into two pieces for it to be conveniently carry it for cremation.  
Rabindra Barik, son of the dead widow said, "They carried my mother in a broken condition. I am helpless to do anything. I pray to the authorities for justice."
This is the not the first incident of this kind in the state of Odisha. Earlier a man from Kalahandi district was forced to walk with his wife's dead body for 12 kms, because the hospital authorities refused to provide a hearse or an ambulance.

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