In a rerun of the Odisha incident, a man in Sidhi district had to walk 6 km carrying the body of his 105-year-old father in a sack tied to a bamboo pole.
The incident took place on Sunday at Semaria area but came to light on Monday.
According to sources, Siyanwar Bansal - a resident of Semaria - died after a prolonged illness on Sunday. Bansal was living with his daughter.
After Bansal’s death, his daughter informed the Semaria police outpost as she was alone at home. The police registered the matter under section 174 of CrPC and informed his son Lallu, who is living separately.
The police asked Lallu, 55, not to cremate the body without conducting a post-mortem and directed him to take the body to a nearby primary health centre.
Lallu said he sought help from the police to take the body to the health centre, but the police expressed their helplessness.
As he did not find any vehicle, Lallu and one of his cousin brothers put the body in a sack and took it to the health centre, 3 km away from their village.
They reached the health centre after walking for an hour.
“After the post-mortem, we asked the health centre officials to provide us an ambulance to take the body back to the village for cremation. But, they refused citing unavailability of ambulance,” Lallu told HT.
“We had no option but to carry the body again on foot to the village for cremation,” said Lallu.
Chief medical and health officer Dr RK Dixit, when contacted on the issue, said there was no mortuary vehicle available in the PHC to carry the body.
“The mortuary vehicle of the district hospital is under repair. There is only mortuary vehicle in the whole district. We have written to the administration for more vehicles,” Dixit told HT.
(With imputs from Harendra Singh)