67-year-old ‘corona warrior’ dies in Nagpur, colleague said – government did not help

Nagpur, Jun 5 (PTI) A 67-year-old retired government employee, who helped in the last rites of bodies of over 1,300 people who lost their lives due to corona virus infection, died of COVID-19. His colleague said that the ‘corona warrior’ could not get help in timely treatment.

Chandan Nimje, a retired central government employee, died on 26 May.

Nimje, along with members of the ‘King Cobra Organization Youth Force’, performed the last rites of more than 1300 people who lost their lives to the infection since the outbreak of the pandemic. The mayor of Nagpur recently honored Nimje by describing him as a ‘corona warrior’.

Group founder Arvind Raturi told PTI on Saturday that Nimje, his wife, sister and two sons were infected on May 2.

Nimje was admitted to a hospital where he was asked to deposit Rs 1 lakh in cash and refused to accept the card amount.

Raturi said that Nimje was brought home and admitted to another hospital on May 5. He alleged that the Nagpur Municipal Corporation officials did not respond to calls.

Raturi said that on May 6, other family members were also admitted to a private hospital. As Nimje’s condition deteriorated, the hospital asked him to arrange for Tocilizumab medicine.

Raturi said that a person from Delhi, who was aware of the organization and its work, sent four vials of the medicine without taking any money.

He said that he arranged a bed for Nimje on May 26 at the Government Medical College Hospital but he died before he could be shifted there.

Raturi said that if Nimje had received treatment at the right time, his life would have been saved, but apart from sealing the house, the corporation officials did not help the family in any way.

“I will file a petition in the Nagpur Bench of the Bombay High Court for the negligence shown by the state government, NMC and district administration,” he said.

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