In a heart-wrenching incident, two siblings were detained by the police when they were trying to abandon their ailing mother at a secluded place in Odisha’s Ganjam district on Friday.
The differently-abled brother duo, who reportedly went unemployed due to the Covid-19 induced lockdown in the State, left their mother at a bypass road beside Loharakhandi river near Bhanjanagar town after they failed to find a shelter.
Police rescued the hapless mother who is suffering from old-age-related ailments from the spot and sent her to the sub-divisional hospital here for treatment.
According to sources, the sibling duo was taking their mother to an isolated place near the bypass in the noon today when some locals spotted them. They grew suspicious of the behaviour of the youth duo and informed the police.
Acting swiftly, the police rescued the elderly woman and detained her two sons for questioning. The police said the woman hails from Chhati area under Golanthara police limits. She had been living with her two differently-abled sons after the death of her husband.
The sibling duo had gone to work as migrant labourers in other state and returned home after jobs dried up due to lockdown. They subsequently moved to their sister’s matrimonial home in Jagannath Prasad.
As days passed, the elderly woman’s daughter refused to take her responsibilities. Left with no option, the brother duo were forced to abandon their mother.
The police said they have informed the elderly woman’s daughter and local sarpanch about the incident." Once they arrived, the next step will be taken after consultation with them," said a police official.