Cassian Baliarsingh

In a rerun of the infamous Dana Majhi episode, a migrant labourer in Koraput district was forced to carry the body of his dead wife on his shoulders for over 33 km after the hospital where she died allegedly failed to provide an ambulance service.

Denied an ambulance, the migrant worker couldn’t afford to hire a vehicle. With no option left, he decided to carry the body on his shoulders and walk home.

According to sources, Guru and his wife from a remote village under Pottangi block in Odisha’s Koraput worked as migrants in Andhra Pradesh’s Vishakhapatnam. However, her health condition deteriorated due to alleged bad working conditions and Guru admitted her to a hospital in Vishakhapatnam.

However, she breathed her last while undergoing treatment yesterday. With no friends and relatives in Vishakhapatnam, Guru decided to take the body to his village for the final rites. However, he was reportedly denied a hearse van from the hospital.

With no money, he put his wife’s body on his shoulders and set off on his long journey to his village in Odisha. He had almost covered 33km when a few well-wishers spotted him and alerted the cops.

On being informed, Andhra Police showed humanity and rushed to his aid. They arranged an ambulance for him to take his wife’s body to his village for the last rites. The incident has sparked outrage among netizens.

(Reported by T. Gourishankar, OTV)