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Haritha John| The News Minute| February 16, 2015| 6. 30 pm IST The untimely death of Dr Shanavas PC, a doctor who had worked amongst tribals in Kerala has given way to much anguish amongst people in the state. “Hey authorities, if something tragic happens to me due to your consistent troubling moves, you will be completely responsible for it…. Adithyan is quitting” This was a Facebook post by 36 year old Dr Shanavas just two days before his death. (Shanavas used to call himself Aadhityan) The doctor well known for his social work among the tribals in Kerala, died last Friday. He died in his car while traveling from Kozhikode to Malappuram. Though initial reports suggested that he had suffered from a heart attack, later it was reported that he had choked on his own vomit. An NGO called Under Roof Foundation has on its Facebook page released the audio of a phone interview that they had apparently done with Dr Shanavas PC. The News Minute cannot confirm the veracity of the audio clipping, and it is unclear when it was recorded. The voice that purportedly belongs to Dr Shanavas raises allegations against senior Congress MLA and Electricity and Transport minister Aryadan Muhemmed. He claims that he had been told by district health officials that Aryadan Muhemmed dislikes him and did not want him to be transferred to Nilambur. (the minister’s constituency and Shanavas’ hometown). When The News Minute asked the minister about Shanavas, he replied, “I don’t know any Shanavas, I have never heard about him. I know many doctors form Nilambur, but never heard about this Dr Shanavas PC.” When briefed about the audio recording, Aryadam Muhemmed insisted that it could not be true, as he did not the doctor at all. Dr Shanavas in the telephonic interview also says that his latest transfer was illegal and in spite of there being a vacancy in Nilambur, he was being shunted out as he had disturbed the interests’ of some doctors and district health officers. In the audio that has been widely shared on Facebook, Shanavas says that he was unwilling to accept the transfer as he was arranging resources for 27 families from 15 adivasi colonies, an old age home and construction of two public wells. He also said in the interview that most doctors working with him were not supporting him as he had evidence of their wrongdoing. “I know about doctors who run pharmacies and scanning centre. I also know that the District Medical Officer had gone on foreign tour using government money, completely illegal.” Shanavas had started to work among the tribals while he was an assistant surgeon at a rural health centre. Active in Facebook, he conducted campaigns to help the tribals and used to collect money from Facebook groups for social activities His recent Facebook posts reveal that he was disturbed over his official transfers which he contested were illegal. Post by UnderRoof Foundation. Tweet Follow @thenewsminute Read : "I am being harassed by authorities": Facebook post of dead Doctor activist Shanavas said

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