A youth attempted to commit suicide by slitting his wrist and consuming poison in front of the Odisha Assembly over alleged denial of treatment under the Biju Krushak Kalyan Yojna (BKKY), on Wednesday.
The youth has been identified as Dusmanta Das of Kujang area in Jagatsinghpur district.
Following the attempt, Das was overpowered by the security personnel deployed outside the Assembly premises and rushed him to a hospital in a serious condition. Incidentally, the incident came at a time when the Monsoon Session of the State legislature is in progress.
Before he was shifted to a hospital, Das told reporters that he had met with an accident on March 22, 2020 and sustained grievous injuries on his left leg. Later, he was admitted to the SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack for treatment.
He underwent a surgery on March 23, 2020 and another operation on June 19, 2020. However, the doctors allegedly discharged him from the hospital on July 15, 2020 owing to the Covid-19 situation.
He said when his health deteriorated he visited SCB again where he could not get admission. He said, later he approached the Jagatsinghpur Collector and informed him about his plight, but in vain.
“Following discharge from the hospital my treatment was neglected. Even though I knocked the doors of many concerned officials, all my pleas fell on deaf ears,” Das alleged.
He said, "When I came to know that I can use my Biju Krushak Kalyan (BKKY) card to avail treatment up to Rs 5 lakh, I went to a private hospital on February 2 this year. However, I was asked to provide written consent from the concerned government officials."
Das said his mother too had written to the State government over his health condition, but to no avail. “Finding no other option, I decided to end my life,” he said.
It may be recalled here that last year the Winter Session of the State legislature was rocked by a series of self-immolation attempts outside the Assembly building which had raised serious questions over the security arrangements in the high profile area.