Dana Majhi case: Odisha govt report to PMO soon

Bhubaneswar: Two days after the PMO seeking a report from the Odisha government on Dana Majhi case, in which the tribal man shouldered his wife’s body for 10 kilometres after being denied a hearse at the district headquarters hospital at Bhawanipatna in Kalahandi district, the Odisha government on Saturday said it would submit the report on the incident soon.

“The letter has asked Odihsa government why and how the incident happened. All the information will be submitted before the Prime Minister’s Office. I hope the report will be given at the earliest. As I have earlier said the incident is very unfortunate and these cases should not happen. The inquiry report has been submitted to the State government and it will submit the report to the PMO soon,” BJD spokesperson Pratap Keshari Deb said.

The Odisha State Human Rights Commission, taking a suo motu cognizance of the incident has already sought a report from the district collector and asked to reply within four weeks.

On August 25, Majhi, a resident of Melghara village under Thuamul Rampur block of the district had travelled 10 kilometres after his wife died of tuberculosis. His teenage daughter accompanied Majhi during the daunting journey. It was only in the morning that he was spotted by a local journalist who in turn informed the district collector and who arranged a vehicle to transport the body.

A day after the incident, an inquiry was ordered by the district collector in order to ascertain the events leading to the incident.