Family refuses to receive body of Odia engineer

Bhubaneswar: The Air India authorities and the Jajpur district administration are in a fix after the family members refused to accept the body of Bikash Mohanty, an engineer who was working in a company in Colombo, which arrived at his village Sahupada of Bari block in Jajpur district today after a month of his death.

“The district administration today brought the body of my son from Bhubaneswar. But they did not hand over any document. I want to know as to how the body of my son arrived at the airport without his passport? Besides, there is no post mortem report, no agreement paper my son had signed with the company at the time of his joining, and no provident fund money from the company. On the other hand, the sub collector telephoned me and asked me to receive the body and meet the collector tomorrow so that the district administration would provide all possible help. Leave alone help, the district administration has failed to get any of these documents even a month after the death of my son for which I cannot rely on the district administration anymore,” said Prabhat Mohanty, father of the deceased.

Reports said the coffin of Mohanty arrived at the Biju Patnaik Airport in an Air India flight today from Colombo via New Delhi. To hand over the coffin to the family members, the name of Bhajahari Mishra, Inspector, Jeypore Collectorate was mentioned on the coffin. But as the airport authorities tried to contact the family members with the address, they found that the deceased does not belong to Jeypore. After a hour-long investigation, the airport authorities found the correct address and contacted the Bari Tehsildar.

Later, a team led by the Bari Tehsildar went to Bhubaneswar and received the body from the airport.

Notably, Mohanty had died on April 24 in Colombo.