Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Feb 29:
On the lazy Sunday afternoon yesterday at 1 pm, people passing from Janpath saw a strange sight of a body wrapped in white cloth being carried in a trolley rickshaw from Capital Hospital to Satya Nagar crematorium, a journey of 5 km in the Odisha Capital.
The body had come to Capital Hospital from Jatni. According to a letter from Jatni IIC, Sashidhar Patra, the deceased has been identified as Kalu Nayak, a resident of Badatota village in Jatni, Khurda district. He used to live alone and after taking ill for a month, he passed away. He has no survivors.
The body was sent to Capital hospital for post mortem and later taken to Satya Nagar crematorium as per the orders of top police officials, a police official near the crematorium said.
The body carried in such an unwanted manner in an open trolley rickshaw by the driver, who had a towel tied to his face to prevent bad odour, was a shocking and painful sight.
Few hours before this, the stretch along the Janpath was full of activity celebrating Raahgiri.
Interestingly, unclaimed bodies from the Capital Hospital are carried in the open in a trolley rickshaw to the Satya Nagar crematorium through the state secretariat, Assembly, BDA office, and other major government offices for last 15 years.
“For last 15 years, bodies from the Capital Hospital are being carried to the Satya Nagar crematorium in the trolley rickshaw provided by BMC to carry bodies,” said a crematorium official.