Congress leader Ulaka body cremated

Rayagada: Amid allegation of foulplay in his death, mortal remains of veteran tribal Congress leader and former minister Ramachandra Ulaka were consigned to flames here today after a post-mortem.

A day after Ulaka died in Bhubaneswar and the body was brought to his native place here, the post-mortem was performed at the district headquarters hospital here as two sons of one his three wives alleged foulplay in the death.

Thereafter, the body of the Congress stalwart was taken in a procession to the local party office where people from different walks of life paid their last respect to the departed leader.

The body was then taken in a procession and last rites performed on the bank of Langulia river here where the body was cremated.

The cremation had been put on hold after his two sons tried to prevent the funeral and filed a brief complaint last night at Rayagada police station suspecting that their father was killed by somebody, police said.

Based on the complaint, Rayagada police sought a report about the death of the tribal leader at Bhubaneswar hospital and decided that a post-mortem would be performed.

"Now whatever is necessary will be done after we receive the post-mortem and viscera report," a police official said.