After the intervention of Balasore district collector Promod Das, the government railway police (GRP) on Saturday suspended assistant sub-inspector Pratap Rudra Mishra for breaking a dead woman’s body
After the intervention of Balasore district collector Promod Das, the government railway police (GRP) on Saturday suspended assistant sub-inspector Pratap Rudra Mishra for breaking a dead woman’s body into pieces to pack it into a bag.
Mishra had allegedly asked two sweepers of the health department to break the body of Taramani Nayak, an 85-year-old woman who was killed at Soro on Wednesday in a train accident, to stuff the body into a gunny bag and carry it on a bamboo pole to the district headquarters hospital for post-mortem.
GRP superintendent of police Sanjaya Singh suspended the ASI just an hour after the collector asked for strong action against the errant police officer.
Collector Pramod Das on Saturday revealed at a press conference in Balasore that the GRP submitted a detailed report on the incident to the district administration in which it has confessed to having committed the blunder that smacks of gross insensitivity towards the dead.
While a special GRP team has gone to the Soro hospital to carry out an investigation into the matter, the rights panel issued summons to the inspector general of railway police and the district collector.
Taramani Barik, was killed after being run over by a goods train near Soro-Bahanaga railway station in Balasore district on August 24. Doctors at the Soro Community Health Centre declared her brought dead. Railway officials, who were supposed to take the body to the district headquarters hospital in Balasore Town for an autopsy, asked the sweepers at the health centre for help after they failed to find an ambulance or any other vehicle to carry the body. As the body had stiffened, the sweepers allegedly broke the leg and hip bones in an apparent bid to make it easier to stuff the body into a sack and carry it.
Odisha Human Rights Commission have sought a detailed report from the Odisha government on the dead body ‘s “inhuman” treatment by the GRP and health department officials.