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Kalahandi Collector Holds Hospital Authorities & Security Agency Responsible For ‘Walk Of Shame’

**Bhawanipatna/Bhubaneswar:** Kalahandi Collector Brinda D on Friday held responsible both the Bhawanipatna District Headquarters Hospital (DHH) authorities and the security agency for the ‘Walk of Shame’ in the district on Wednesday.

She has asked the Kalahandi Chief District Medical Officer (CDMO) to initiate a fresh probe into the incident and submit report within a week.

In another major development on the day, the Odisha Human Rights Commission (OHRC) took suo motu cognizance and has sought explanations from the Kalahandi Collector and CDMO within two weeks on the blatant violation of human rights when the deplorable incident of a poor tribal man was caught on media lens shouldering his dead wife’s body and trekking miles together to reach his village far away from the DHH after he was allegedly denied a hearse van as he was unable to afford.

On the day at the Bengaluru Investors’ Meet, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik in his reactions to media said, “That is extremely distressing news. We’ll make a thorough enquiry into it and whoever found responsible, stringent action will be taken. And to see it’s not repeated, we’ve started an ambulance service to bring dead bodies where required”.

Convening a press meet at the Congress Bhawan in Bhubaneswar on Friday, PCC president Prasad Harichandan said, “A fact finding committee comprising former MP Pradeep Majhi, MLA Bhujabal Majhi, Chandra Sekhar Majhi and Sadan Majhi will visit Melghara village under Thuamul Rampur block in Kalahandi district tomorrow and submit report to PCC while Bhakta Babu is already there”.

Meanwhile on the day, the Kalahandi District Congress Committee (DCC) activists led by former local MP Bhakta Charan Das demonstrated before the office of Kalahandi chief district medical officer (CDMO) and demanded stern action against the culprits. They also demanded Rs 10 lakh ex-gratia (compensation) for the bereft kin of the tribal woman Amang Dei whose poor husband Dana Majhi shouldered and ferried her dead body for 10 km from the Bhawanipatna DHH on Wednesday after having denied a hearse van since he had no money to afford.

An impartial probe to identify and punish the wrongdoers was also demanded.
On the other hand, despite being the third day of performing the ‘suddhi kriya’ (ablution rituals) as per the tribal tradition, the district administration already in a tizzy, roped in Dana Majhi to the district headquarters for recording his statement.

Bhawanipatna sub-collector Sukanta Tripathy told media, “He had to be brought here as I thought minus his statement recorded, the inquiry report would be incomplete”.

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