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Sep 14, 2006 at 10:14pm IST

Man gives unclaimed bodies a funeral

Cuttack: There are many who do not get a decent funeral; perhaps because their families don't know about their death or because they are very poor.

A smalltime businessman in Cuttack, 52-year-old Sarat Kumar Sahoo, was upset when he saw unclaimed dead bodies in hospitals and sometimes on roads.

Alongwith a group of volunteers, he set up the Swargdham Sewa Samiti and built a cremation centre six years ago, specially for unclaimed bodies.

"This noble job is only possible because of the blessing of Lord Jagannath and cooperation of the local people," says President, Swargadham Seva Samiti, Sarat Kumar Sahoo.

Their initiative doesn't end here. On Monday, the Samiti volunteers took the ashes of the unclaimed bodies to Prayagraj in Allahabad.

"The poor cannot think of going to Prayagraj and do the much sought ritual, but these volunteers are even fulfilling this ritual. This service has now taken the shape of a movement in Cuttack," says MLA, Cuttack Sadar, Pravat Biswal.

In this materialistic world, there are very few people who care for the poor and there are even fewer who care for the dead ones. The work of these volunteers in Cuttack is really commendable.