Helping Hands for NE people founding member Kuldeep Chana dies of COVID-19 in Delhi

As in-charge of Crematorium Punjabi Bagh, Chana had cremated as many as 750 bodies with religious fervour, Helping Hands, Delhi president Robin Hibu said.


Punjabi Bagh Crematorium in-charge and a founding member of 'Helping Hands', an non-governmental organisation (NGO) for distress people from Northeast India residing in cities across the country, died of COVID-19 on Saturday. 

As in-charge of Crematorium Punjabi Bagh, Chana had cremated as many as 750 bodies with religious fervour, Helping Hands, Delhi president Robin Hibu said. 

Chana started cremation as in-charge of Punjabi Bagh Crematorium in 2007. He was loved the people from the northeastern states. He had mobilised rations during last lockdown for stranded northeast people, donated blood for NE Blood Bank several times and had always stood with the people of the northeastern states in crisis, especially during late Nido Tania gruesome killing, cold blood killing of late Salouni from Manipur, mass exodus of northeast people  in Bangalore, Hibu said in a Facebook post. 

Condoling the death of the crematorium in-charge the Helping Hands, Delhi president said, "I still remember vividly how lovingly cremated late Bina Lakshmi, an abandoned female from Manipur... how he collected 'ashti' for our volunteer for immersion at the Yamuna river the next morning...How he volunteered to do the cremation of deceased COVID-19 patients without hesitation during covid-19 crisis in 2020. I will never forget how, he honourably cremated our sister from Gohpur Assam who died of COVID-19 at the Safdarjung Hospital with United Sikhs, who with our volunteers pick up the bodies for the last rite. The last cremation he did was to our beloved Manipur young man late Sanasam Samsun Singh, who died of COVID-19 at the DRDO covid centre recently."

Expressing his grief, Hibu said he was shattered by the demise of Chana, adding he was an unflinching selfless angel. "Late Sardar Kuldeep Chana had dreamt to visit Cherapunji, Loktak Lake, Horn Bill festival, to meet his favorite hilly musicians Guru Reuben Singh and Alobo Naga. We, the northeast people in Delhi NCR will never forget this unique Sardar who loved northeast folks," Hibu said.

The Helping Hands, Delhi president lamented that the grateful Northeast people in Delhi could honour Chana only with a certificate, Naga shawl and letter of appreciation. 
 

First Published:May 23, 2021, 6:20 p.m.

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