**Sundergarh:** A viral video has surfaced on the social media in which a woman is seen taking the dead body of her 25-yr-old son with the help of some relatives on a trolley in the wee hours after she was allegedly denied a Mahaprayan vehicle by the driver who demanded Rs 500 user-fee to transport her dead son to the village for the last rites.
As per reports, a 25-yr-old man named Tikeswar Rohidas was undergoing treatment in Sundergarh District Headquarters Hospital for six days before he breathed his last on July 29 at 2 am. His mother had summoned a Mahaprayan vehicle to transport her son’s body to her residence at Lohradhipa under Sundergarh municipal area.
The bereaved mother has alleged that the driver did not turn up, and she carried the deceased on for the last rites on it at around 5:30 am without informing the hospital authorities.
“The Mahaprayan driver demanded Rs 500 and I had agreed. But he did not turn up and I had to carry my dead son on a trolley,” said the widow in the video.
The incident came to fore after the video became viral six days later on Sunday.
Meanwhile, the Chief District Medical Officer (CDMO) of Sundergarh Dr Dilip Sarangi formed a team to conduct an enquiry into the incident.
Talking to OMMCOM NEWS, Dr Sarangi said, “I found out that the woman had summoned the Mahaprayan vehicle at around 2 am on July 29. The driver asked for Rs 200 user fee, which is charged to persons who are able to pay. It is waived off if the person is unable to pay. The woman asked the driver to wait for some time as she was all alone with the dead body. Being a local person, she had asked some of her relatives to come over. The driver told the woman to call him at the time of transportation. At around 4:30 am, there was an accident case and the security guard got engaged in the altercation which occurred at that moment. During that time, the woman slipped off with the body on a trolley and got it videographed. Had there been no breach of security, it would not have happened.”
Notably, the Mahaprayan scheme was launched by the State Government to help the needy and poor who were unable to pay for the transportation of their dead ones for the last rites. This was introduced after Dana Majhi’s walk shouldering his dead wife for 12 kms had caught national and international headlines.
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