A policeman died of renal failure in Manipal, and his body was taken in a Karnataka State Reserve Police (KSRP) bus to Bagalkot. Udupi District In-charge Minister Pramod Madhwaraj has drawn flak for not even arranging an ambulance to take the body of the police personnel to his native.
Mahanta Basappa from Bagalkot district was posted at the Munirabad KSRP centre. But he died of renal failure on Friday. The authorities said that no ambulance was available to be sent to Bagalkot and that’s why the dead soldier’s body was taken in the bus.
The picture of the body being put inside the bus has gone viral, and Minister Pramod Madhwaraj is facing criticism from all quarters for being inhumane.
Speaking to the Bangalore Mirror, Janardhan, one of the colleagues of Basappa said that the bus was provided so that all the family members can travel along with the body to the native place. What is the use of providing an ambulance when the person is dead, he said.
“The arrangement was made on humanitarian grounds. There was no need to criticise us for this. A government ambulance cannot remain away for two days as it is needed here for emergency purposes,” he told the Daijiworld.
Just before his death, Basappa hailing from a poor family was working as a police constable at KSRP training centre in Haveri. He was admitted to a Hospital in Manipal a week ago for treatment of kidney problem. But he died on June 16 failing to respond to the treatment.