Family of mathematician Vashishtha Narayan Singh alleges hospital kept them waiting for ambulance; Twitterati slams Nitish Kumar govt

Family of the renowned mathematician Vashishtha Narayan Singh who passed away at a hospital in Patna on Thursday after a prolonged illness has alleged that they were kept waiting by hospital authorities for an ambulance to take his body home

FP Staff November 14, 2019 20:32:40 IST
Family of mathematician Vashishtha Narayan Singh alleges hospital kept them waiting for ambulance; Twitterati slams Nitish Kumar govt
  • Born on 2April, 1942, in Basantpur village of Bhojpur district in Bihar, Vashishtha Narayan Singh passed away at a hospital in Patna on Thursday

  • Singh's family alleged that they were kept waiting by hospital authorities for an ambulance to take his body home

  • The noted mathematician worked for a brief period in NASA and later returned to India in 1971 to teach at IIT Kanpur

  • Hospital authorities, however, said the delay was due to formalities being completed and the ambulance was provided soon after

  • Vashishta's body has been taken to his native place for a funeral which will be accorded with full state honours

The family of renowned mathematician Vashishtha Narayan Singh, who passed away at a hospital in Patna on Thursday after a prolonged illness, has alleged that they were kept waiting by hospital authorities for an ambulance to take his body home.

Singh, who had been ailing for quite some time, died at the Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH).

"No ambulance or vehicle was given to take the body to our home. He died early in the morning at around 8 am," the brother of Vashishtha Narayan Singh was quoted in a video. The video, which has since then gone viral shows the mathematician's body lying in a stretcher outside the PMCH.

Vashishta's body has been taken to his native place for a funeral which will be accorded with full state honours. A report in News18 pointed out that while the mathematician's family were made to wait for an ambulance, a red carpet was rolled out for Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar when he went to condole his death.

Several Opposition leaders have slammed the Nitish Kumar government over the alleged disrespect shown to the mathematician.

The RJD, one of the main Opposition parties in Bihar, also questioned the state government, saying that "every resident of Bihar has to face this insensitivity in every government or private hospital".

"Not expecting any special arrangement or behaviour, but is it so difficult or expensive to consider a person a human being?" the party said in a tweet featuring an interview with the mathematician's brother.

Former AAP leader and poet Kumar Vishvas said, "How could Bihar become so stone-hearted towards a man who made the world bow to his intelligence? Why should Mother India give such meritorious sons to this country when we cannot even take care of them?"

Born on 2 April, 1942, in Basantpur village of Bhojpur district in Bihar, Singh did his schooling from Netarhat school in undivided Bihar.

He studied at Patna Science College after which he went to the University of California in 1965 and completed his PhD on cycle vector space theory in 1969.

He worked for a brief period in NASA and later returned to India in 1971 to teach at IIT Kanpur.

Singh also taught at the Indian Statistical Institute in Kolkata. He was also a visiting professor at BN Mandal University, Madhepura.

With inputs from agencies

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