Absence of vehicle forces man to carry brother's dead body on cycle

Heart rending images of a man carrying the body of his 18-year-old younger brother on a bicycle due to the absence of a motorable road has surfaced from Assam's Majuli district. Within hours of the footage being telecast by local TV channels yesterday, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal ordered a probe and directed a top health official to rush to the spot. Reportedly, officials said the patient's family hailed from another district and took the patient to get treatment in another hospital which was about 8 kms away and decided to leave with his body without waiting for the hospital's hearse van driver to arrive. Apparently, the village from which this man hails does not have a motorable road link, and they have to cross a makeshift bamboo bridge to reach the main road.