Mail News Service
Chaibasa, Sept 30: Congress leader and parliamentarian’s representative Trishanu Roy has in a written complaint informed Sadar SDO Shashindra Kumar Baraik that the management committee of the crematorium Mukti Dham is not allowing the members of the Bengali community to perform the last rites of the deceased in the proper manner thereby hurting the sentiments of the members. Trishanu Roy stated in his complaint that as per Bengali funeral rites, it was a religious practice to collect the asthi (a piece of bone) after the corpse has been cremated but it had been reported that the Mukti Dham crematorium authorities are preventing the family members from performing the ritual and asking them to return the following day to collec the asthi. This, Trishanu pointed out was against the rituals and hurt the sentiments of Bengalis who are being prevented from following the practice on the pretext that the act damaged the tray placed under the alter where the cremation takes place. The Congress leader stated in the letter that practices of Sanatan Dharma should not be impeded and that the crematorium’s rules should be similar as Mukti Dham is public property and cannot be operated on the whims of any particular person or community. The Congress leader contended that those who went to the crematorium to perform the last rites of the deceased paid the regulationary charges and thus the funds that were being collected were intended for the maintenance of the Mukti Dham property and that included the trays in question. SDO Shashindra Kumar Baraik assured Trishanu Roy that he would look into the matter and take necessary action.