A body was carried on a cot, lifted on shoulders by two tribals, who walked for 15 kilometers to reach Shahdol on Monday for postmortem.
Vishali Baiga, a 40-year-old tribal villager was found hanging from a tree at Khamaria khurd village in Umaria district. The village falls under jurisdiction of Pali police station.
The police were informed about the death, but they asked the family members to carry the body to Shahdol, since the village lacked the facility for postmortem.
The police, with help of local people, usually arrange transport for the body but no vehicle was arranged and the family members had to carry the body on their shoulders for 15 kilometers during the wee hours of Sunday night.
“We carried the body all the way, walking for over five hours, to reach Shahdol,” Devlal Baiga, the brother of deceased told reporters at Shahdol on Monday.
Devlal added that the family is facing financial constraint and thus, could not afford a personal vehicle to carry the body. The postmortem was done at the Shahdol district hospital on Monday.
Assistant sub inspector Ram Datt Chakrawah, posted in the Pali police station (district Umaria), has been suspended for dereliction in duty, while constable KK Tiwari has been line attached to another station.
Inspector general of police (Shahdol range), K Babu Rao said a sub divisional officer of police (Pali) has been told to order a probe into the matter and submit the report.