A youth carried his father’s body in a hand cart after allegedly being refused a vehicle by the district hospital to transport the body home in Uttar Pradesh’s Pilibhit town.
A video showing Suraj, a labourer from Madinashah locality, carrying the body of his 70-year-old father Tulsiram who died in the district hospital on Friday, in a hand cart was widely shared on social media on Saturday.
Suraj claimed he had rushed his father in a private vehicle to the government hospital around 8am but was told to wait for an hour and half before the doctors attended to them.
According to the death certificate issued by the hospital, Tulsiram was admitted at 9:40am and died at 11am.
“The hospital staff then asked me to take away the body and said that no vehicle was available for taking the body home,” Suraj claimed, saying that he was left with no other option but to arrange a hand cart.
Suraj alleged that he had made several phone calls to get an ambulance for taking his father to the hospital in the morning but to no avail.
When contacted, the superintendent of district hospital, Dr RC Sharma said that he was not contacted by any family of a deceased person seeking a vehicle for carrying a body.
The district magistrate Masoom Ali Sarwar said an inquiry would be ordered if a complaint is made to him.
There have been several instances of people either carrying bodies of deceased family members or transporting them on hand carts after hospital authorities failed to provide a vehicle to transport the body.