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Another Odisha horror: Hospital workers break woman's body at hip to carry it in a bundle

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 26 August 2016, 13:44 IST

Two days after a tribal man from Odisha was caught on camera carrying the body of his wife on foot for over 10 kms, yet another shocking video has surfaced.

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A video from Sora town in Odisha's Balasore district shows a sweeper trying to break the bones of a dead body in an attempt to fit it into a bundle that can be carried.

A man can be seen breaking the hip bone of the dead body of a woman, before compressing it into a bundle, wrapping it up in cloth and plastic and tying it up with a bamboo stick before carrying it, NDTV reported.

The deceased has been identified as Salami Barik, a 76-year old widow who was run over by a train on 24 August.

The body was taken by the police to the community health centre in Soro, where it was left on a stretcher for hours. There are no hospitals in Soro and the men were advised to take her body to the Balasore district hospital - 30 km from Soro town - by train for post-mortem.

According to the report, the men resorted to breaking the bones of the body because no ambulance was available to take her body to the railway station. Hiring an auto to the railway station proved to be expensive and the men decided to carry the corpse to the railway station - about 2 km away - on foot, NDTV reported.

"They carried my mother in a broken condition. I am helpless to do anything. I pray to the authorities for justice," NDTV quoted the woman's son Rabindra Barik as saying.

After learning of the case, the Odisha Human Rights Commission has asked for an explanation from the police and Balasore district authorities.

The news of the Sora incident comes even as the Odisha government is facing flak over the Kalahandi tragedy. On 25 August, a video went viral showing a man, Dana Majhi, being forced to walk with his wife's body for six hours, accompanied by his 12-year-old daughter walks beside him.

"It is most distressing and we will see it is not repeated," said Odisha's chief minister Naveen Patnaik adding, "action will be taken against whoever is held responsible".

First published: 26 August 2016, 13:44 IST