A son escaped with the body of his father who had succumbed to COVID-19 and was brought to the Ellisbridge crematorium behind VS Hospital. The civic body and the police are now trying to locate the man who absconded with the body of COVID-19 patient.
Ellisbridge police have filed a case in this connection and are investigating the matter. The COVID-19 patient was admitted to the Sushrusha Hospital for treatment 10 days ago. The patient who belonged to Rajasthan died on Monday.
As per protocol, the hospital informed the AMC and send the body for cremation at the VS Hospital. The body disappeared after it reached VS Hospital.
How the COVID-19 patient’s body disappeared
Ranchod Chauhan, 65, a resident of Chinchu Village in Banswara taluka in Rajasthan was admitted to the Sushrush hospital on September 26 for COVID-19 treatment.
On Monday 11.10 am, Ranchod Chauhan succumbed to the illness. The hospital finished the payment formalities and informed the AMC of the death at 2 pm. As per protocol, it was decided that the body will be cremated at the crematorium near VS Hospital.
The AMC informed the nodal officer Purvan Patel of Sushrusha Hospital to reach the crematorium with the body within 30 minutes.
But since the patient’s relatives were waiting for some other relatives, it was not possible to reach the crematorium in 30 minutes.
Purvan Patel again called up and asked the AMC officials if they could give them more time. The AMC official asked him to send the body.
In the meantime, other relatives of the patient also arrived and the body was sent to the crematorium in an ambulance of the hospital with driver Nanjibhai Gohel at around 5.45 pm.
The driver dropped the relatives with the body at the parking in the VS Hospital crematorium and left. When the nodal officer Purvan Patel called up the corporation to inform them that they had sent the body, the AMC officials said that they had not received it.
When Purvan Patel questioned the driver, he told them that the relatives of the deceased had accompanied him in another ambulance. At the crematorium, the deceased’s son Mahendra, a woman and two other men put the body in the private ambulance and absconded with the body. When the nodal officer called the son Mahendra, he had switched off his cell phone.
The officials then informed the cops. The officials are worried that the deceased’s relatives behaved irresponsibly and took the infected body, putting others at risk.
Ellisbridge police are on the lookout for Mahendra Chauhan and others based on a complaint filed by Purvan Patel.
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