Bengaluru, Jan 15: In what highlights the Karnataka Police’s insensitiveness, the body of a journalist who was killed in a road accident was carried to hospital in a garbage van. Mounish Pothraj, 28, suffered fatal injuries when his bike rammed into a tree on Sunday (January 14) morning. Also Read - BJP Peddling Lies to People of the State, Says Karnataka Congress
Pothraj, who worked for a private television channel in Karnataka’s Karwar district, was on his way home to Shirahatti in Gadag, when the incident occurred.
After failing to arrange an ambulance, the local police loaded his body into a garbage van offered by the municipal body to take it to the nearest government hospital. The video of a journalist’s body being carried in a garbage vehicle soon went viral.
‘Pained’ CM Orders Probe
Taking cognisance of the appalling incident, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah assured action and asked concerned authorities to file a report. (Also Read: New House, Bike, Wife: Life Moves on For Dana Majhi, Odisha Man Who Once Trekked With Wife’s Body on Shoulders)
“I am pained to read this. I have asked ADGP & Commissioner of Traffic & Road Safety to get a report into this incidence from the IGP of the Northern range & take action,” Siddaramaiah said on Twitter.
‘Hospital People Demanded Bribe For Autopsy’
Adding to the pain of Pothraj’s family, his family was asked for bribe by people at the local hospital for carrying out post mortem. (Also Read: UP: Journalist, cameraperson killed after in car accident in Unnao)
“He was always thinking about helping people but when he died, they just dumped his body in a garbage truck. Even the people at the taluk hospital refused to perform the autopsy until a bribe was paid. We are deeply pained by the turn of events. The municipal corporation and the hospital did not help us out at all. No one bothered to send an ambulance. When we pleaded, they performed the autopsy but were not willing to release my brother’s body until we paid Rs 700 bribe,” The News Minute quoted Pothraj’s brother Mahadevappa, as saying.