COVID-19 surge: 71 bodies of suspected COVID victims retrieved from Ganga, buried in Bihar

A day after a number of our bodies of suspected COVID-19 victims have been discovered washed up alongside the banks of the Ganga at Mahadeo ghat in Chausa in Bihar, 71 of them have been retrieved and disposed of by the district administration after autopsy on Tuesday. Tissue and different samples have additionally been preserved.

 

“We retrieved 71 lifeless our bodies and disposed them after autopsy. DNA samples has been preserved. The district administration is on alert to forestall such incidents in future. Officers have been directed to be vigilant and patrol the banks of the river,” a launch issued by the Buxar district administration mentioned on Tuesday.

 

The discharge additionally mentioned that there was “ample fireplace wooden on the Chausa cremation floor for funerals”. The clarification got here allegations from villagers that the excessive price of firewood had led to many households jettisoning our bodies within the river fairly than cremating them.

 

Earlier, the Buxar Superintendent of Police Neeraj Kumar Singh additionally had instructed The Hindu that 71 lifeless our bodies have been retrieved from the river and “post-mortems have been accomplished on the ghat (financial institution) itself as they have been extremely decomposed” .

 

Ram Ashray Yadav, who sells firewood for cremations on the Mahadeo ghat (financial institution) at Chausa, mentioned, “many of the our bodies have been buried in a big pit dug up by a JCB machine on the financial institution of the river.”

 

“The district administration has made association of a generator for energy provide on the ghat (river financial institution) and deputed an official right here. Earlier, the district administration officers have been seen on the ghat until late on Monday evening working by the sunshine of torches and mobiles,” Mr. Yadav instructed The Hindu over cellphone.

 

Requested what number of lifeless our bodies have been buried, he mentioned, “It was very tough to rely.”

 

“However, now no our bodies are seen within the river water on the ghat,” he added.

 

Earlier, district officers had mentioned the our bodies discovered floating in river Ganga can be cremated with dignity by the federal government.

 

On Monday, a number of our bodies have been discovered floating within the Ganga at Mahadeo ghat in Chausa of Buxar in Bihar. Buxar shares its border with districts of jap Uttar Pradesh. The district officers had mentioned the our bodies might need floated in from jap Uttar Pradesh like Varanasi and Allahabad.

 

“The lifeless our bodies have been bloated. They gave the impression to be within the water for no less than 5-7 days. It must be investigated from the place they’ve come. They might be from Varanasi or Allahabad of UP”, senior official of the district Okay Okay Upadhayay had instructed media individuals. Movies of bloated lifeless our bodies had additionally gone viral on social media sparking outrage and shock amongst villagers.

 

In the meantime, Union Minister of Jal Shakti and MP from Jodhpur Gajendra Singh Shekhawat posted a tweet tagging the chief ministers of each Bihar and Uttar Pradesh — Nitish Kumar and Yogi Adityanath — to take rapid cognizance of such incidents.

 

“The incident of lifeless our bodies discovered floating in river Ganga in Bihar’s Buxar space is unlucky. That is actually a difficulty of investigation. The Modi (PM Narendra Modi) authorities is dedicated to Mom Ganga’s purity and free circulation. This incident is surprising. The involved States ought to take rapid cognisance of it,” tweeted Mr Shekhawat in Hindi.

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