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Ramakanta Biswas

Khallikote: The family members of a migrant labourer who died in a mishap in Cuba are in shock and grief. The poor family of Ramesh Maharana of Khajapalli village under Khallikote block of Ganjam district have appealed to the administration to bring back his body.

According to sources, Ramesh had been working in Cuba for the last two years. On January 30, his family members received the shocking news of his death in a mishap. Ramesh is survived by his parents, wife and two children.

The family is devastated by the death of Ramesh who was the sole breadwinner. Mother of the deceased labourer, Subhadra Maharana, is inconsolable after losing her son. “I am the unfortunate mother who want to see her son for last time. I appeal to the government to bring back my son,” the bereaved mother said while crying.

Renu, wife of deceased, who is yet to recover from the shock said, “I want to see my husband for the last time. I appeal to the government to extend help for our survival."

Father of the deceased, Rankanath Maharana, alleged that though he has approached the authorities for help, his plea went unnoticed. “I have moved from pillar to post seeking attention of the tehsildar, collector, local MLA and labour office but the body of my son is yet to reach as 11 days have elapsed since his death.”

Meanwhile, some local transgenders have extended helping hands to the family and provided Rs 5,000 in cash and 25kg rice for their survival.

Rajeswari Kinner,  president of Maa Bahuti Kinner Mahasangha said, “The man had gone to outside country to earn a living and died there. How his family members will survive. Our association has extended some help to the bereaved family.”

“I appeal to the government to provide financial help to the family,” Rajeswari added.



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