Jharkhand ‘starvation’ death: Women in victim’s village gherao govt probe team
Female neighbours of Savitri Devi, who allegedly died of starvation in Magargaddi village of Jharkhand’s Giridih district on Saturday, gheraoed district officials on Wednesday when they visited to probe her death.Updated: Jun 06, 2018 18:28 IST
Female neighbours of Savitri Devi, who allegedly died of starvation in Magargaddi village of Jharkhand’s Giridih district on Saturday, gheraoed district administration officers on Wednesday morning when the team visited the family as part of an extensive probe into her death.
The incident occurred around 11.30 am when the team reportedly asked the women to sign on documents as witnesses in the case but refused to show them the contents of the papers. The infuriated women then gheraoed the officials before other villagers intervened and convinced them to let the officials do their work. They finally let the officials go after about 15 minutes.
On Monday, chief minister Raghubar Das had ordered the district administration to probe Savitri Devi’s death.
Additional collector Ashok Kumar Sah, who was leading the team, told reporters, “I had asked Hiralal Mahto and Hulas Mahto, sons of the deceased, to sign about the number of family members they had.”
Sah, circle officer RK Pandey and marketing officer of the government’s supply department Sheetal Prasad Kasha reached Savitri Devi’s house in Magargaddi village in the morning for further investigation into her death.
After the two sons signed on the paper, the officers asked the women, who were Savitiri Devi’s neighbours, to sign as well which is when they became angry and gheraoed them.
On Tuesday, an initial report of an investigation by the specially-constituted district administration panel said that Savitri Devi did not die of ‘starvation’, as was being alleged, and she had a bank account with a balance of Rs 2,375.
Ruling out hunger as the reason behind her death, the report said the woman was on ‘death bed’ as she was suffering from haematoma and she underwent treatment for the disease at Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences, Ranchi in January.