Mamata intervenes for release of actress’ body

Ananya Dutta
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Hospital had refused permission as dues were not cleared

CHIPPING IN:Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee
CHIPPING IN:Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee

A day after the authorities of a private hospital refused to release the body of veteran actress Dipti Roy until the dues for her treatment had been paid up, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee intervened in the matter here on Monday so that the last rites could be carried out.

“Dipti Roy had died in the hospital at 11.45 a.m. on Sunday but the authorities of the hospital refused to release the body. For 25 hours they insisted on keeping the body. When Ms. Banerjee heard of the matter, she immediately instructed me to go to the hospital and clear the dues,” State Minister for Housing Arup Biswas told The Hindu .

Mr. Biswas said that Dipti Roy did not have any close relatives and never married. Two of her distant cousins and some of her neighbours were struggling to ensure release of the body from the hospital.

The sum of about Rs.11,500 spent for her treatment was pending, he said.

“I went to the hospital to clear the dues, but what really struck me was that the infrastructure of the hospital was pitiable and yet the authorities of the hospital would resort to such measures to ensure that the payment was made. She was such a fine actress of her time and no one from the management of the hospital made an attempt to pay tribute to her,” Mr. Biswas said.

Dipti Roy, who acted in several Bengali films in a career spanning four decades, was recently recognised by the State Government. Ms. Banerjee had presented the Special Film Award to her in July this year.

The actress, who was ailing even when the ceremony was held, could not step on to the stage and Ms. Banerjee walked up to her to present the award.

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