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Starvation in Jharkhand: Father of five kids with no wife, succumbs to hunger

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A 50 year-old man identified as Kalshwar Soren died in Mahuadand village of Dumka district due to long illness, however, the neighbours claimed that he died due to extreme poverty and mainly, lack of food.

Upon receiving the information, BDO of the administration reached the spot where the relatives informed in written that the death happened due to sickness and don’t want any post-mortem to be carried out.  During further interrogation, it was found that no ration card was granted to the deceased and hence, he could not avail the subsidised food provided by the government. The people of the village used to give him food.

Reportedly, officer Sadhu Charan Devgam on Friday said that he has spoken to the relatives of the deceased who have claimed that Kaleshwar’s death is not from hunger, but from a long illness.

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Devgam further said that the administration is investigating the concerns over ration card. He told that if the ration card of the deceased was not made, advance action would be taken.

Sadly, deceased Kaleshwar’s wife had died two years ago. He was left with five of his children, including four sons and a daughter. While the three sons have been living in other states because of their job, another son lives with a relative in Masalia block of Dumka district. The deceased used to stay with his daughter.


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