"The District Collector of Kalahandi has ordered an inquiry into the incident. Sub-Collector of Bhawanipatna has been directed to conduct the probe and submit a report at the earliest," State Urban Development Minister Pushpendra Singhdeo, who hails from Kalahandi district, said in Bhubaneswar.

"Sub-Collector Sukanta Tripathy has been asked to ascertain whether the tribal man, Dana Majhi, had been denied a vehicle to take his wife's body from the hospital on Wednesday," said a senior officer.

The incident took place on Wednesday when locals found Majhi carrying his wife Amang Dei's body along with his 12-year-old daughter. The 42-year-old woman had died of TB at the district  headquarters hospital at Bhawanipatna.

Majhi said despite all efforts, he failed to get any help from hospital authorities and had no other alternative than to wrap the body in a cloth and start walking to his village Melghara in Rampur block, about 60 km from Bhawanipatna.

Singhdeo, however, claimed an ambulance was sent for transportation of the body of Majhi's wife to their village as soon as the authorities concerned came to know about it.

Unfortunately, the man had by then covered a distance of around 10 km, the minister said, adding ‘appropriate action would be taken after the inquiry report is submitted’.

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