Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Dec 29:

Odisha government has spent around Rs 29 lakh towards the treatment expenses of Paralakhumundi king Gopinath Gajapati Narayan Deo admitted to Apollo Hospital in Chennai, informed Health Minister Pradeep Amat today.


“Odisha government has spent Rs 29 lakh on his treatment. The Paralakhemundi king has recovered now. He is fit now. The state government would bear the treatment expenses,” Health Minister Pradeep Amat informed.

According to reports, the 74-year-old royal scion was to be discharged from the hospital today. However, his daughter has requested the authorities to extend the hospitalisaiton by four more days.

“Now, he is undergoing physiotherapy. He will have to continue with the medicines prescribed by the team of doctors for several complications, after being discharged from the hospital also. He is responding well now and able to comprehend well,” Dr. Dillip Kumar Mishra, Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Apollo Hospitals-Chennai said.

It may be mentioned that the king was shifted to the Chennai hospital under dramatic circumstances after much hue and cry by local people amid rumours of his house arrest and a conspiracy to usurp his property.

A series of demonstrations allegedly led to the suicides of four siblings including the former palace manager Anang Manjari Patra. Anang and her brother Sanjay were accused of financial misappropriation pertaining to the property transactions of Parala Maharaja.

Notably, the septuagenarian, a two-time Lok Sabha member from Berhampur, is the descendant of the erstwhile Gajapati dynasty and grandson of Maharaja Krushna Chandra Gajapati, who had played a pivotal role in formation of a separate Odisha state on the basis of its language on April 1, 1936.