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Father Of Thalassemia-Affected Boy ‘Manhandled’ For Trying To Meet CM Naveen

Sundergarh: Amid the ‘Mo Sarkar’ slogans and big claims of Odisha government, father of a Thalassemia-affected boy was allegedly manhandled and misbehaved at Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s public meeting in Sundergarh.

As per reports, Kumuda Kishore Mahato of Sundergarh was at the public meeting with his ailing son to meet the CM so that he could get some assistance for treatment. However, BJD leaders at the venue allegedly abused him and drove him away.

“I tried to meet the CM when he came to Sundergarh, but one of the BJD leaders misbehaved with me. When I told them that I don’t want money and I only need treatment for my son, he again abused me,” alleged Mahato.

After eight months of his son’s birth, Mahato came to know that his child Samarjit is suffering from Thalassemia. Since then, he had visited several hospitals and consulted many doctors. He was advised by doctors that his son needs blood infusion every month.

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Mahato had even consulted doctors in Vellore where he was advised bone marrow transplantation which costs Rs 40 lakh. Unable to arrange such a huge amount, he wanted to meet the CM during the latter’s meeting in Sundergarh on Tuesday. However, he had to face humiliation and returned empty handed.

“Everyone told me as to who will give Rs 40 lakh for treatment. So, I tried to meet the CM and would have requested assistance for my son’s treatment,” Mahato added.

Speaking on the matter, Sundergarh sub-collector, Abhimanyu Behera said, “Instead of going to the venue of the CM’s programme, he should have approached the Chief Minister’s Grievance Cell for help.”

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