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Uttar Pradesh: Video of COVID patient’s body being dumped in river goes viral

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Days after the bodies of COVID patients were seen floating in Ganga, Uttar Pradesh is once again in news after a video showing a COVID patient’s body being dumped in a river went viral.

In the video, a man wearing a PPE suit is seen throwing a body into the Rapti river from a bridge in Uttar Pradesh’s Balrampur district. The incident was shot by a couple of people who were driving by the spot in Balrampur district on May 28.

The development comes despite the Union government ordering northern states to ensure that dead bodies are not disposed of in rivers. In a letter, the Centre had also asked states to increase patrol along riverbanks to stop the practice, which appears to be proliferating due to poverty and lack of awareness.

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Victim identified by Uttar Pradesh police

After the video went viral, the Uttar Pradesh police swung into action. Now, the victim has been identified as a resident of Siddharthnagar’s Shohratgarh. According to the chief medical officer (CMO), Balrampur, the victim, Premnath, had been admitted to a hospital on May 25 after he tested positive for COVID-19. The victim died on May 28 while undergoing treatment for the infection.

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The CMO said as per the COVID protocol, Premnath’s body was handed over to his relatives for the final cremation, but Premnath’s relatives threw his body into the river. The police have registered a case and the investigation into the incident is underway.

Bodies piled up along river banks

Earlier in May, dead bodies washed up on the riverbank in Uttar Pradesh’s Ghazipur of suspected COVID-19 patients. The incident happened a few days after dead bodies of suspected COVID patients piled up on the banks of Ganga in Bihar’s Chausa, located at a distance of 55 km from Ghazipur.

Authorities in Bihar have blamed Uttar Pradesh for the floating corpses claiming that the state has no tradition of releasing dead bodies in rivers.

The development also created panic among the local residents as the second wave of COVID-19 has resulted in long queues outside hospitals and crematoriums. Local residents had said that due to the absence of COVID-19 protocols in rural crematoriums, the families of the deceased are forced to consign the bodies in the river.

 

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