Widow died of hunger, says report

Ranchi: The December 1 death of a 64-year-old widow of a Garhwa village was because of hunger and exhaustion, a fact-finding team of the Jharkhand chapter of Right to Food Campaign has claimed.

In its report, the team said that Premani Kunwar of Korta village in Danda block, about 270km from Ranchi, had no money in her account at the time of her death. Also, two months earlier, her pension, paid using an Aadhaar-based system, was credited to someone else's account without her knowledge.

Garhwa deputy commissioner Neha Arora said she had received a copy of the report. "I will verify the facts mentioned in the report tomorrow (Friday). The post-mortem report, which we got two days ago, suggests there was food in the stomach of deceased," DC Arora said.

The Telegraph had reported Premani's death on December 3. Danda BDO Sahjad Parwez had said Premani had Rs 2,400 in her account at the time of her death, but that he could not verify whether she had stocked foodgrain in her house. "She stayed with her son and stepchildren," he had said.


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