Because of the absence of motorable roads in Majuli, Assam Chief Minister Sarbanada Sonowal’s constituency, a boy was forced to carry his 18 year-old brother’s dead body on a bicycle.
The boy was carrying the corpse of his younger brother from the hospital to his home to perform last rites. The video of this incident soon went viral on local TV channels. Following this, the Chief Minister expressed his deep concern and immediately ordered an inquiry into the matter. The Director of Health Services was also rushed to the spot by Sonowal promptly.
The video shows the boy carrying his brother’s body on a bicycle while crossing a bamboo bridge which is the only link between mainland and Luit Khabalu. Since the bridge isn’t a concrete one, ambulances cannot be driven in the area.
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18 year-old Dimple Das was admitted to Garamur’s civil hospital from Lakhimpur district on Monday. Reportedly, the family made use of the bicycle at the time of bringing the boy to the hospital as well since they had to cross the same makeshift bamboo bridge. But Das died while a doctor was diagnosing him.
While talking to Indian Express, P.G.Jha, deputy commissioner of Majhauli district said
They had brought the patient on a bicycle. Following his death due to respiratory problems, they left with his body tied to a bicycle. This happened despite the hospital having a hearse van.