Central team to probe death of Simdega girl: Union minister Paswan
The local activists had alleged that the girl died a fortnight ago after going without food for several days but the deputy commissioner says she died of malaria.Updated: Oct 18, 2017 15:36 IST
Food minister Ram Vilas Paswan on Wednesday said a central team will be sent to Jharkhand to investigate the death of 11-year-old Simdega girl Santoshi Kumari allegedly due to starvation.
The state government has also been asked to submit a detailed report, he said.
“If poor people die of hunger, it is a matter of concern. We will be sending a central team probe the matter,” Paswan told PTI.
Meanwhile, the Jharkhand government has ordered a fresh probe in the matter and also announced Rs 50,000 as assistance to the girl’s family.
The local activists had alleged that the girl died a fortnight ago after going without food for several days.
They said her family’s ration card was cancelled for not being linked to the Aadhaar number.
First Published: Oct 18, 2017 15:36 IST