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Jharkhand: Tribal Man Dies of Starvation After Brick Kiln He Worked At Shut Down

Unfortunately, the family only got to eat after Motka Manjhi Mal died, when the village head Rajendra Yadav sent them 15 kgs rice.

On Wednesday, May 22, 50-year-old Motka Manjhi Mal from the Pahariya Scheduled tribe died in the Rangni village in JharkhandPer a report by Jagran, after performing the funeral rites of Mal, his family on Saturday, May 25, alleged that he had starved to death. They alleged that there was enough to eat because of lack of jobs during the election season.

Mal’s wife Alawati Devi and her three sons, Suresh Manjhi, Anil Manjhi, Sunil Manjhi, have been waiting for government aid, but so far no member of the family has received any benefit of government schemes.

They told Jagran that they had not been enrolled in any kind of government scheme. They did not have ration cards, job cards or had even received money under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana to upgrade their mud and palm leaf houses into concrete homes.

The villagers informed that the family’s only nourishment had been palm fruits for the last fifteen days.

The family’s main source of income was wage from working at a brick kiln. Due to the implementation of the Model Code of Conduct, however, work had shut down and the family suffered.

Unfortunately, the family only got to eat after one of its members died. After the death of Mal on 22 May, the village head Rajendra Yadav gave the family 15 kg rice.

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The block development officer (BDO) Sadhu Charan Devgam took cognisance of the matter and sent a panchayat worker to look into it; he also sent the family 10 kg worth of rations. The BDO tried to pass off the responsibility by reportedly saying that the deceased’s in-laws live in Ramgarh and he lived there along with his family. He came to Rangni village to cast his vote.

Devgam, also told Jagran, “This is not a case of death by starvation. The family had a pink card, under which every family member gets five kg of foodgrain. The card was not created under the post office scheme.”

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He reportedly added, “The cause of death could be something else. The family should have come forward with their suspicions about death by starvation on the day of the demise.”

He also said, “After cremation, the cause of death is impossible to find out. Considering the state of the family, they have been given a sack of grain as emergency relief. We will help them in any way we can.”

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