Kandhamal: Separated conjoined twin Kalia (also fondly addressed Balia) was cremated today at his native village here in this district in the wake of his sad demise last night at Cuttack SCB Medical College and Hospital.
Talking to media, Jaga Balia’s grandfather Tula Kanhar lamented, “When they were born, we were mentally prepared to bear the loss of one. After being treated at Delhi AIIMS, they were shifted to Cuttack medical and were undergoing treatment there for two years. What can we or the doctors do? Whatever was predestined, it all happened. Jaga is well and good.”
He informed, “They reached here from Cuttack at 6 am this morning. We’re preparing for the cremation. Death is inevitable. We all will pass away one day. Only to condole and lament over the death.”
In his reactions, Phiringia BDO Sukant Kumar Nayak said, “We have come here on behalf of the district administration. Whatever support to be given as per the existing government norms like aid from District Red Cross, Harischandra Yojana, etc, will certainly be extended.”
Notably, the mortal remains of Kalia were consigned to flames at his native village Milupada in presence of his parents. Sources said that Odisha Government provided Rs 2,000 under Harischandra Yojana and Rs 10,000 from the Chief Minister Relief Fund (CMRF). Earlier in the day, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik expressed his sadness and condoled the death as well as wished Jaga’s well-being and best health.