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Odisha Home Dept’s no to probe Dana Majhi case

Bhubaneswar, Sep 1: The State Home Department has refused to conduct an inquiry into the Kalahandi incident involving a tribal person, Dana Majhi (42), who carried the corpse of his wife for around 10 km as no vehicle or ambulance was provided by the district administration.

The Home Department on Monday while disposing of a grievance petition of city-based human rights activist and transparency campaigner Subash Mohapatra, said it could not carry out an investigation into the incident as it relates to the Home Department.

“This matter does not relate to Home Department as this matter coming under Health Department,” said a letter of the department.

Mohapatra, in his petition, alleged that Dana Majhi and his minor daughter were subjected to abuse by the Kalahandi District Headquarters Hospital (DHH) staffs and the District Collector Brundha D.
“It is unfortunate that instead of helping a tribal person, Chief District Medical Officer Braja Kishore Brahma managed to shield his colleagues,” alleged Mohapatra.

The Naveen Patnaik-Government faced widespread criticism last week when locals found Dana Majhi carrying his wife Amang Dei's body on his shoulder, wrapped in clothes, along with his 12-year old daughter. The 42-year-old woman had died of TB at the district headquarters hospital at Bhawanipatna.

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