Pradeep Pattanayak

A Zilla Parishad candidate contesting from Zone No-8 of Keonjhar succumbed to an illness on Saturday. The deceased has been identified as Anadi Singh, who was fielded by the Biju Janata Dal (BJD). 

The deceased’s family members said that he had been undergoing treatment for cold and related symptoms at Ghatagaon government hospital. When his condition deteriorated on Saturday, he was referred to the Keonjhar district headquarters hospital (DHH). However, on his way to the DHH, he breathed his last. 

The deceased’s son, Sudharanjan Singh, said his father had been suffering from cold, body ache and headache for some days. “Initially we treated him at home. When he did not show any improvement, we admitted him to the Ghatagaon government hospital. He showed signs of recovery and was all set to be discharged from the hospital on Saturday,” said Singh. 

“As we were preparing for his discharge from the hospital he complained of chest pain at around 10 am. He was immediately put on oxygen support. Later, the doctors referred him to Keonjhar DHH. While being taken to Keonjhar DHH, he passed away,” Singh added. 

As the news broke, a pall of gloom descended on the deceased leader’s village. Local leaders, villagers, friends and relatives thronged the deceased’s house to pay their last respect.