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Bihar govt installs net in Ganga to prevent dead bodies floating in from UP

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The Bihar government has installed a net in Ganga at Ranighat on the border with Uttar Pradesh and increased vigil along the river after several bloated and decomposed bodies of suspected COVID-19 patients washed up on the banks of the river in Buxar district’s Chausa. This was revealed by Bihar’s water resources development minister Sanjay Kumar Jha.

Jha said that the bodies have floated into Bihar from Uttar Pradesh and said that post-mortem revealed that the death took place 4-5 days ago.  The minister in a series of tweets has said that the incident has pained Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.

Earlier, Union minister of Jal Shakti Gajendra Singh Shekhawat had tweeted about the incident and urged Bihar and UP CMs to take note of it. Jha, while responding to Shekhawat, said that the entire episode is inhuman and an insult to the holy river. He also urged the Union minister to ascertain from where these bodies have come and assured all support of the Bihar government in the probe.

The Bihar minister also clarified that the state does not have a tradition of consigning bodies in rivers.

What Bihar minister said

Sanjay Kumar Jha in a series of tweets said, “The Bihar Government is seized of the matter of unfortunate case of floating mortal remains in river Ganga, near Chausa village in Buxar district. The bodies have floated into Bihar from UP. Upon post mortem, our doctors have confirmed that these are 4-5 days’ old bodies.”

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He added, “Hon CM Shri @NitishKumar is pained at both the tragedy as well as harm to the river Ganges. He has always been particular about the purity and uninterrupted flow of the river and has asked the administration to intensify patrolling to ensure this is not repeated.”

The minister further said, “Last rites of 71 bodies performed as per protocols. A net has been placed in Ganges in Ranighat, bordering UP & Bihar. We’ve advised UP administration to be vigilant; our district admin is keeping vigil too. Advise all to give all respect to those dead, and Maa Ganges.”

Incident created panic

The piling up of dead bodies had created panic among local residents in Chausa as the second wave of COVID-19 has resulted in long queues outside hospitals and crematoriums. Local residents say that due to the absence of COVID-19 protocols in rural crematoriums, it is being suspected that the families of the deceased are forced to consign the bodies in the river.

 

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