Ranchi, Oct 23: The alleged starvation deaths in Jharkhand has forced the state government to come out and give a clarity on the entire picture. Shedding light on Santoshi Kumari, an 11-year-old girl of Simdega district, who died on September 28 due to alleged starvation for four days, Jharkhand chief minister Raghubar Das said the deceased had malaria. “There are more children in that family if there was no food how did they survive?” said Das. Also Read - Give Concrete Solutions, Not Plain Speeches: Congress Slams PM Modi Over His Address to Nation
Reports suggest that 11-year-old girl and her family was starving as they had not linked their ration card with Aadhaar. On this, the CM of Jharkhand said it was due to the negligence of PSU staff, adding,” He has been suspended after the incident.” Also Read - 'Unfortunate', Rahul Gandhi Disapproves of Kamal Nath's 'Item' Remark Against BJP Candidate
As per a report by Hindustan Times, the family of the deceased girl was attacked by local villagers and activists for putting the village in a bad light. Since February this year, the family has not received ration as it was allegedly cancelled due to failure in Aadhaar card seeding and Santoshi supported herself with the midday meals at school and doles. Also Read - 'I Apologise... Just Forgot the Name': Kamal Nath Explains 'Item' Jibe After Controversy, EC Takes Note
Rickshaw puller dies due to starvation:
Recently, a 43-year-old rickshaw puller in Dhanbad due to starvation. Asper reports, the deceased Baidyanath Das had been on empty stomach for days.
On his death, Raghubar Das said he was ill from past one month and has two sons who earn Rs 7000 to 8000 per month.
Besides this, the sixth CM of Jharkhand urged Congress and other parties not to politicise the unfortunate incidents.
Deputy Commissioner of Dhanbad, yesterday, told ANI that as per wife of rickshaw puller informed his team that he was not keeping well since last one month and also on the day of his death, his wife had prepared meal which he did not have.