Congress MLA Rupjyoti Kurmi becomes pall bearer
Dilip Dey, a resident of Mariani, had only a differently-abled cousin to call family. So when lonely and poverty stricken Dey died on Thursday, there weren’t enough people to carry his body to the crematorium and perform the funeral rites.
Local Congress MLA Rupjyoti Kurmi stepped in to become one of the pallbearers. He also took the initiative to cremate the body as per Hindu rituals. Kurmi was informed about Dey by one local trader Rupam Gogoi.
Mariani MLA Kurmi cremates body
Locals stated that Kurmi also took the lead in preparing the chita-a stretcher-like bamboo structure on which the body is taken to the crematorium as per Hindu beliefs.
And on Friday evening, 24 hours after performing the cremation rituals, Kurmi once again became the pallbearer for the funeral (janaza) of a local auto-rickshaw driver Kabir Ahmed’s mother.
The quirky MLA of Mariani who carried out Janaza
Often tagged as ‘quirky’, MLA Kurmi has a history of humanitarian’s service.
Last year, a photograph of the MLA carrying a 50 Kg sack of rice on his back for distribution to the flood victims near the Kaziranaga National park had gone viral on social media.
MLA Kurmi represents the Mariani constituency-the seat had earlier been represented by his mother Rupam Kurmi. She was the first woman graduate among Adivasis in Assam.