Tribals trek 8 km to bring chieftain's body back home

Tribals trek 8 km to bring chieftain's body back home
The tribals wrapped the chieftain's body in a blanket and tied it to a bamboo pole before the march.
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Nilambur: The body of a tribal chieftain was carried to his settlement at Achanala Colony after a tedious trek of eight kilometres. The deceased is Kunkan, 80, of the ancient Cholanaikar sect inhabiting in the deep dense forests of Chakkikuzhi.

Kunkan, who was shifted to the Nilambur district hospital five days ago, died on Sunday morning. The health of the tuberculosis patient and had worsened last week.

The existing jeep track along the Pattakarimbu-Sai Vila route that leads to the Achanavila tribal hamlet is now unfit for vehicles. As taxi drivers were reluctant to proceed, the officials of the Integrated Tribal Development Project intervened and the body was brought to the TK Colony in an ambulance around 12.30 am. From there, other tribals ferried Kunkan's body on foot for almost 8 km before reaching his shack at 4 am.

The tribal head of Pattakarimbu colony, Gopalan, and his aides volunteered to carry the body. They wrapped the body in a blanket and tied it to a bamboo pole before the march.

Kunkan is survived by wife Vellaka and a mentally-challenged son. The couple's daughter had died two years ago.

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