OHRC seeks report after pilgrim body carried in rickshaw in Puri

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Bhubaneswar: Taking a suo-motu cognizance on a news published by Prameya on Wednesday exposing the insensitivity of the Government Railway Police (GRP) after a pilgrim group from Madhya Pradesh carried body of a man in a trolley-rickshaw to perform last rites in Swargadwara in Puri , the Odisha Human Rights Commission on Wednesday directed the IG of  Police Railways and Puri District Collector within four weeks.

Taking a suo-motu cognizance of the issue, the OHRC directed the IG Railways and Puri District Collector to file detailed report on the issue, said a release by the OHRC.

Sources said, a pilgrim group named as Durni Bandeward from Madhya Pradesh had reached Puri to visit the Lord Jagannath Temple, unfortunately 60-year-old Durni Bandewada from Chhindwara in Madhya Pradesh fell sick and died near an Railway station in Puri. Due to shortage of money and adequate arrangements, his wife and other members of the group carried the body on a trolley-rickshaw to swargadwara to perform last rites. However, learning about the incident, the district administration had provided Rs 10,000 aid and made adequate arrangement for taking the body to swargadwara.

The commission has express concern over the insensitive attitude of GRP in providing any help to the family of the deceased.