While state governments proudly talk about development of healthcare infrastructure in India, it is unfortunate that people had to carry a dead body on a cycle rickshaw in Tripura.
Photographs of a dead body being carried on a cycle rickshaw from Ambasa in Tripura have gone viral on the social media, and people have started yelling at the administration.
Ambasa is the district headquarters of Dhalai in Tripura, and on Tuesday, the people were flabbergasted to see a dead body being carried on a cycle rickshaw.
The body was carried from Dhalai District Hospital to Magazine Para, which is about 10 km away from Ambasa because the district administration could not arrange a mortuary van.
Gopal Debnath, a 55 years old rickshaw puller from Magazine Para was returning home on Monday evening.
On his way to home from Ambasa, he met with an accident near the Dhalai district council office and was seriously injured.
A group of fire servicemen took him to Dhalai District Hospital in Kulai. Gopal Debnath died at the district hospital on Tuesday morning.
The body was handed over to the family without any of autopsy. Also the district administration of Dhalai did not arrange for any vehicle to send the body to the village for the last rites.
Family members of Gopal Debnath did not have enough money to hire a private ambulance or mortuary van to carry the body to his native village, Magazine Para for the last rites.
Left with no other option, the family members decided to carry the body on a rickshaw.
Within hours of the posts on social media platforms, the photographs went viral. People started lambasting the government for not showing little respect to the poor rickshaw puller who died in a road accident.