Sell My Organs, Save My Son: OSAP Sepoy’s Father Seeks Govt Help

Rourkela/Bhubaneswar: At a time when the Odisha government is beating its own trumpet about a robust healthcare system, apathy & government negligence has rocked the life of a father whose government servant son is fighting for his life at a private hospital in Bhubaneswar.

As per reports, Krushna Chandra Mallick, a sepoy of 2nd battalion Odisha Special Armed Police (OSAP) deployed at Kalta outpost in Rourkela had a brain stroke on 3rd October. He has been since under treatment at a private hospital in Bhubaneswar where his condition is stated to be serious.

Gangadhar Mallick, Krushna’s father alleged that his son was on duty when he had a brain stroke. He further accused that instead of taking Krushna to the hospital, his colleagues and seniors on duty shrewdly took his signatures on a leave application just to show that he was off duty.

Krushna is the sole bread earner in their family of seven. However, no financial help has been extended for his treatment by OSAP authorities or the government, informed sources.

His old father, Gangadhar is shuttling between Keonjhar, his home town and Bhubaneswar with a hope that some organisation or at least the government would come forward to help his ailing son.

An inconsolable Gangadhar pleaded the state government saying, “Please take my organs and if possible sell me in the market, but save my boy instead.”

A social activist Durga Prasad Das said, “No colleague of Krushna paid him a visit at the hospital. Forget about any financial assistance, his seniors even conspired to project him as ‘off duty’ by making him sign a Casual Leave application while he was unconscious.”

When asked about the matter, SDPO of Bonai, Abakash Routray said, “He had availed a leave and was off duty on 3rd October. I don’t have further information about his illness.”

“When an on-duty serviceman is admitted to hospital, generally his department provides some financial assistance on humanitarian grounds. Whoever has put a leave application in his pocket should be punished accordingly,” said Santosh Panda, a lawyer.