On Wednesday, a 65-year-old tribal man died in a village in Puducherry after he collapsed at his sister-in-law’s home and his family tried to take him to a hospital on a cart. Onlookers were seen clicking pictures as his family members pulled the wheelbarrow, instead of calling an ambulance or offering help.
The man was identified as Subramani, who was from Tamil Nadu’s Villupuram district, was visiting his sister-in-law in Puducherry’s Suthukeni. He was suffering from tuberculosis and his health deteriorated on Wednesday, his wife told the police.
His wife, her sister and brother-in-law could only find a cart to take him to a hospital after he collapsed. Police said the family members did not have a mobile phone and were not aware that they could call an ambulance.
As the family reached the hospital which was about 4kms away, the hospital declared Subramani “brought dead”.
The family was told by the hospital staff that it would be unable to facilitate the transfer of the man’s body to his home in Tamil Nadu, about 25 km away because the hospital vehicles do not have the permission to cross the Puducherry border.
The family then had to carry the body on the cart again as they headed towards their village.
It was then that J Muruganandan, a police officer, saw them and arranged for an NGO-run ambulance.