It has been two months since the father of a senior IPS officer in Madhya Pradesh was declared dead and the same amount of time has passed since the officer has claimed that his aged father is undergoing treatment inside a room in his official bungalow in Bhopal.
Rajendra Kumar Mishra has claimed that his father is responding to treatment but has not let anyone in to meet him - except for his mother, siblings and a traditional healer who is said to be sourcing herbs from Pachmarhi for the treatment.
Rajendra Mishra's father, 84, had been declared dead by doctors at a private hospital on January 14, 2019. The death certificate had been handed over the very same day, hospital authorities have claimed.
Mishra who is reluctant to give up his father's body has already resisted an attempt by the state human rights commission to send a team of doctors to his residence.
"Allopathy is not the last word in medicine. There are many things beyond science. My father is alive. He is a patient under treatment. He practised yoga for more than six decades. He is in yog-nidra. What if something goes wrong when doctors try to wake him? Will the act not be called a murder?" Mishra said.
"If my father was dead, would the body have not decomposed by now? You don't treat a dead body. You can't live with a dead lizard or a rat for one hour...I don't understand why outsiders are trying to interfere in a private affair. Treating my father is a fundamental right. I have not indulged in any crime or corruption," he said.
On February 23, a team of six doctors - three each from allopathy and ayurveda - had been assigned to check on Mishra's father, Kulamani Mishra. But police posted at the bungalow refused to let the team in.
Last month, Rajendra Mishra's mother Shashimani filed a petition in the Madhya Pradesh High Court against any interference in this matter.
She also wrote to the human rights commission, claiming that her right to life, dignity and freedom was being violated by the panel. The court issued notice to the state government and the commission but has not passed any order so far.
Meanwhile, in its response to an order from the commission to take action, the state police's prosecution wing has said that it would wait for the court's order. In its action-taken report, it informed the commission that the team of doctors was not allowed entry at Mishra's bungalow.
Lokesh Jha, a spokesman of Bansal Hospital where Kulamani was admitted on January 13, said that the patient died the next day.
Radheshyam Shukla, the healer treating Mishra's father, could not be reached for comment. JP Rao, Registrar (Law), MP Human Rights Commission, says the panel has acted "within its jurisdiction and passed orders in accordance with the law".
On Monday, the human rights commission directed the state DGP to send a senior officer to Mishra's house, get him to comply with its previous order, and submit a reply by March 26.
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