New Delhi: Congress today said Odisha Chief Minister Navin Patnaik should apologise to a tribal man in his state who had to walk 10 km carrying his wife’s body on his shoulder after failing to get a vehicle from a government hospital.
Party’s chief spokesman Randeep Surjewala said the incident was such a “shocking” one that the chief minister besides ordering an inquiry, should personally apologise to the man.
“Is this the Odisha that BJD promised for the people, where even basic dignity is denied to the people?” he wondered.
Authorities today ordered a probe to ascertain the circumstances which led to the incident.
Locals found Majhi carrying his wife Amang Dei’s body along with his 12-year-old daughter.
The 42-year-old woman had died of TB at the district headquarters hospital at Bhawanipatna.
Majhi has said despite all efforts, he failed to get any help from hospital authorities and had no other alternative than to wrap the body in a cloth and start walking to his village Melghara in Rampur block, about 60 km from Bhawanipatna.