28-year-old television journalist Mounish had finished his final assignment and was on his way back home when he smashed his bike in the tree and died instantly on Sunday morning. Mounish was in Sirsi for his assignment with his cameraperson whom he dropped before the accident took place and continued his drive to his home-town Haveri.

The inhuman behavior of the police department, civic authorities and the government hospital of Karnataka came into light when it was observed that to carry the dead body of Mounish to the hospital a garbage-disposal truck was sent by the civic authorities of the Karwar District.

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Upon asking the authorities, the justification put forward was that first there is no vehicle with the police department which can carry dead bodies, second being the ambulances don’t carry dead bodies before the post-mortem report is out and third being on account of Makar Sakranti Fesival, not many vehicles were available on the spot and thus the closest one was sent. As the authorities could not leave the body there, they went in for the only solution they could see amidst the complexities and refusals which is not acceptable though.

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Mounish’s brother Mahadevappa, felt broken and mentioned to TheNewsMinuteHe was always thinking about helping people but when he died, they just dumped his body in a garbage truck. Even the people at the taluk hospital refused to perform the autopsy until a bribe was paid. We are deeply pained by the turn of events. The municipal corporation and the hospital did not help us out at all.

No one bothered to send an ambulance. When we pleaded, they performed the autopsy but were not willing to release my brother’s body until we paid Rs 700 bribe. This is the treatment we faced in a situation when everyone in my family was already devastated by the loss of my brother’s life.”

As soon as the news came into the light, Karnataka’s Chief Minister ordered Additional Director General of Police (Northern Range) to look into the matter as it was one devastating and unacceptable step and situation for the family as well as the society.

We hope a proper investigation is carried out in the case and action is taken against the officials involved in such apathetic and inhumane act.

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