An ambulance driver reportedly left the body of a woman to rot on roadside when the deceased’s husband expressed his inability to pay Rs 5,000 for dropping the body off at his place for funeral rites.
According to sources, Dhenkanal-based Hemant Mishra’s wife Chhabi Mohanty was admitted to Badachana Community Health Centre after she felt unwell. She was later shifted to SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack when her condition deteriorated. Chhabi, however, died while undergoing treatment at SCB.
When her body was being carried to her residence in an ambulance, its driver reportedly demanded Rs 5,000 for the purpose. Hemant gave Rs 3,000 instead of Rs 5,000 to the ambulance driver expressing his incapacity to give the said amount. An infuriated ambulance driver then left the place leaving the body on National Highway at Chhatia to rot overnight.
Later, Hemant performed the last rites of his wife with the help of local residents.