Coming hot-on-the-heels of the Kalahandi incident, the Odisha administration was left red-faced again after news emerged that a dead body of an 80-year-old woman was broken, slung to a pole and carried back to Balasore.
According to The Indian Express, Salami Behera, was met with an accident when she was run down by a goods train in Soro railway station in Balasore. Following the incident, it took 12 hours for the body to arrive at Soro Community Health Centre for post mortem even though the Government Railway Police was informed about it.
After the post-mortem, the police had waited for an ambulance to arrive for several hours, India Today reported. When the ambulance did not arrive hospital workers in order to tie the dead body to the bamboo pole, had to break the hip of Behera because rigor mortis (stiffening of joints few hours after death) had set in.
Two hospital workers were tasked with transporting the body to Balasore.
Rabindra Barik, on receiving the dead body of her mother, was shocked at the treatment meted out to her mother and is reportedly contemplating lodging a complaint.
The incident occured just a day after locals in Kalahandi found Dana Majhi carrying his wife Amang Dei's body along with his 12-year-old daughter.
Following the Kalahandi incident, Odisha Chief Minisiter Naveen Patnaik told ANI, "The incident took place on Wednesday when locals found Majhi carrying his wife Amang Dei's body along with his 12-year-old daughter."