Malkangiri, Odisha: A week after the images of a man carrying his wife's body on his shoulders in Odisha led to outrage in the entire country, the horror has returned. A man in Odisha's Malkangiri district had to walk 6 km carrying his seven-year-old daughter's body as the ambulance transporting them allegedly left them midway today.
- Man carries daughter's body 6 km after ambulance leaves him midway
- Ambulance allegedly dropped them after the girl died mid journey
- A week ago, another man in Odisha walked 10 km carrying his wife's body
The ambulance driver allegedly asked the girl's parents to get down after they came to know that the girl has died on the way to Malkangiri district hospital.
Seven-year-old Barsha Khemudu had been referred to Malkangiri district hospital from Mithali hospital in the district after her condition had deteriorated.
"The driver asked us to get down from the ambulance as soon as he came to know about the girl's death on the way," Dinabandhu Khemudu, the girl's father, said.
The incident came to light when locals inquired about Mr Khemudu and his wife walking, carrying the body of their daughter. The villagers then contacted the local Block Development Officer or BDO and medical authorities to get another vehicle to carry the body to their village.
Meanwhile, Malkangiri district collector K Sudarshan Chakravarthy has asked the Chief District Medical Officer or CDMO Uday Shankar Mishra to probe into the matter. The CDMO has filed an FIR at the Malkangiri police station against the driver, a pharmacist and an attendant who were in the ambulance.
"It was totally illegal and criminal negligence on the part of the driver. Stringent action will be taken against persons responsible for the incident," Mr Chakravarthy told reporters, adding the district administration has provided immediate financial assistance to the girl's parents.
When contacted, Mr Mishra said the act was "inhuman".
"After coming to know the incident, I immediately sent another vehicle which dropped the girl's family at their village," he said.
Dana Majhi had to walk about 10 km from Bhawanipatna in Kalahandi district along with his teenage daughter on August 24 carrying his wife's body on his shoulders after allegedly being denied a hearse by Kalahandi district hospital.