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Dengue victim Odisha man cremated in Delhi due to penury

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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Sep 17:

In a cruel joke of fate, Santanu Kumar Behera from Odisha, who died of dengue in Delhi on Tuesday, had to be cremated there on Wednesday. The reason: the poor family couldn’t afford the transportation charges for the dead body to be brough back to his native place.

Santanu's widowed mother and unmarried sister are inconsolable since they heard the news about his death
Santanu’s widowed mother and unmarried sister are inconsolable since they heard the news about his death

The Balasore man, who allegedly died due to medical negligence, was the sole breadwinner for his family and was supposed to fix up the marriage for his sister when he came home this time. However, the family was not even able to see his dead body.

The condition of the emotionally devastated family members is pitiable. The female members of the family, including his 80-year old grandmother Ashamani, widowed mother Lalita and sister Subhramani continue to cry inconsolably. While Lalita continues to faint every now and then, Subhramani has almost stopped talking. His father had expired earlier and his elder brother remains under constant medication.

Santanu had left for Delhi 10 years back after dropping out of school from Class-IX to help run his family. His earnings provided for the household expenses and treatment of his brother. However, after his loss, the family is in doldrums.

It may be noted that Santanu had been initially admitted to Bharat Hospital in Delhi after testing positive for dengue. Later, he was shifted to Bada Hindu Rao Hospital after his condition deteriorated. He breathed his last under medication at the Hospital on Tuesday morning.