Another ‘starvation’ death in Western Odisha

December 5, 2011 at 9:46 am Leave a comment

Following is a report from expressbuzz.com:

DEOGARH: Starvation reportedly claimed  another life in western Odisha. Close on the heels of death of three persons due to starvation in Kuliadangri village in Nuapada district, Jatra Khilar (60) of San Dangaghat village under Reamal  block of Deogarh died of starvation on Sunday morning.

The incident came to light after Jatra’s son Prasanna Khilar lodged a complaint in Reamal police station about the death of his father due to starvation.As per reports, Jatra was residing in the village along with his wife Chandri for the last 17 years while their only son Prasanna was residing in their ancestral village at Pendrakhol under the same gram panchayat.The elderly couple were residing in a makeshift shed after their house was destroyed during the last monsoon and eking out a living by begging. They were allegedly deprived of old age pension and other government benefits.

Sources said even as they ran from pillar to post to get financial assistance, it yielded no response. However, assistant engineer of Reamal block Bhramarbar Samal said the death was due to prolonged illness and not starvation.Police have sent the body for autopsy.

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Entry filed under: Deogarh, Kalahandi Balangir Koraput (KBK) region, Nuapada, Poverty and Hunger in Koshal region, Region watch, Starvation, Starvation deaths.

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