In the Ramgarh district of Jharkhand, the wife of a 40-year-old tribal woman claimed that her husband died due to hunger. According to the woman, she did not have a ration card. Rajendra Birhohar, who belonged to the primitive Birhohar tribal, died in Nawadih village of Mandu section yesterday. Nawadih village is situated 20 kilometers away. However, district officials have denied this and said that Birhohar’s death was due to ‘disease‘.
Birhohar’s wife Shanti Devi (35) told that her husband had jaundice and her family did not have enough money to buy food and medicine as told by her doctor. Shanti told that his family had no ration card, so they could get subsidized grains under the State Government’s Public Distribution Scheme. The father of six children was the only earning member of the Birhohar family. He was recently admitted to the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences here but after the treatment he was discharged from the hospital.
Mandu’s Block Development Officer (BDO) Manoj Kumar Gupta has denied the death of the tribal person from hunger. He visited Birhohar’s house yesterday and claimed that Birhohar died due to illness. The BDO admitted that the family did not have a ration card. He gave 10,000 rupees for the grain and family to Shanti Devi. He said, “We are investigating why his family name was not listed on the list of those who got subsidized ration from the government.”