48-year-old Manash Kumar Sinha, a native of Hailakandi district and a victim of a road accident at Chengkuri road here lost his life owing to lack of Neurological treatment facilities at Silchar Medical College and Hospital (SMCH).

According to family sources, Manash, who was residing at New Bhakatpur area here with his ailing mother and wife met with an accident after a collision on Thursday between an  auto and a truck left him with grave head injury.
When he was rushed to SMCH, doctors informed that the solitary CT scan machine was lying defunct and referred him for treatment to Guwahati Medical College and Hospital. However, despite best efforts of his kin and friends, Manas collapsed on the way to Guwahati, sources said.  

Meanwhile, Dr Babul Kumar Bezbaruah, principal of SMCH informed that owing to uninterrupted run, the only CT Scan machine of the hospital  frequently catches technical snag. " We have sent a proposal for another machine. We have posts sanctioned for the Department of Neurology which needs to start at the earliest;  however, there seem to be no one taking interest in joining the department," the principal said.

Well known for his skills in art and sculpture, Manas was an alumni of the first batch of Department of Visual Arts at Assam University Silchar and he had sculpted the statue of former Prime Minister Bharat Ratna late Atal Bihari Vajpayee which was recently installed at Sonai constituency of the district. He was also involved with Saksham NGO and trained the specially abled persons in the field of sculpture. " Manas was my classmate at the department of Visual Arts. Besides being  skillful in sculpture, he was a great human being. He had worked with great repute in Mumbai and was also involved in many other vital assignments even with Balaji telefilms. It is painful to lose such a person and a great friend, " said Dr Nirmal Kanti Roy, faculty at the Department of Visual Arts at the university.