West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar on Thursday pulled up Mamata Banerjee authorities after a video of decomposed bodies, allegedly of Covid-19 sufferers, being loaded right into a van by civic bodyworkers within the metropolis for cremation went viral.
The video additionally confirmed protests by locals of Garia, a suburb within the southern fringes of the town the place the incident had allegedly taken place, who claimed that the bodies have been of coronavirus victims.
Though the West Bengal Well being Division and the Kolkata Police have dismissed the video as pretend, West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar expressed concern and sought a report on the incident from the state residence secretary.
“Anguished on the disposal of dead bodies with heartless indescribable insensitivity. Not sharing movies because of sensitivity. In our society, the dead physique is accorded highest respect – rituals are carried out as per custom,” he mentioned in a tweet.
In yet one more publish within the micro-blogging web site, the governor mentioned, “Response @HomeSecretaryWB has come. Digital admission about callous dealing with of dead bodies promising process can be streamlined. Somewhat than reserving these answerable for such inhuman criminality, the police are being misused to ‘train a lesson’ to those that uncovered it.”
Anguished at disposal of dead bodies @MamataOfficial -with heartless indescribable insensitivity. Not sharing movies because of sensitivity.
Have sought an URGENT UPDATE @HomeSecretaryWB
In our society dead physique is accorded highest respect-rituals r carried out as per custom(1/3)
— Governor West Bengal Jagdeep Dhankhar (@jdhankhar1) June 11, 2020
India Right now Television spoke to the locals within the space. Residents mentioned that they have been horrified by what they witnessed on Wednesday.
Kiran Mullick, a resident of the realm mentioned, “I have not seen something like this in my life. We keep close by. Some bodies have been decomposed, some did not have any layer of pores and skin. Bodies didn’t have any garments on them. About 13 bodies have been there. They got here and dumped them. With the assistance of a hook, they dragged them out of the van. They took the bodies away after the individuals from the locality gathered round, in any other case, they might have left them right here solely. The bodies had an terrible odor. We can’t permit this to occur once more.”
One other native commented on how such an incident mustn’t have taken place.
Samir Mukherjee mentioned, “I used to be right here. The scenario was very dangerous. All people was scared. About 13-14 bare bodies have been there. The factor that struck us was the inaccurate method of coping with the bodies. In the event that they did it correctly, we would not have expressed our grievances. We have been scared to see these bodies in that situation. We wish the situations to vary for the higher. This should not occur. I had heard concerning the discover from the company however I’m not positive about it. We do not know whether or not these have been bodies of Covid-19 sufferers or not. These are unclaimed bodies. We can not actually distinguish if it’s a Covid-19 physique. There was a round that unclaimed bodies can be introduced in Garia crematorium.”
The opposition CPI(M) and the BJP additionally criticised the state authorities and alleged that the “video clip is a proof of TMC making an attempt to cover the precise quantity of Covid-19 deaths within the state”.
Native BJP chief Snehayan Das mentioned, “Yesterday, a KMC van introduced unclaimed bodies in it. There have been about 13 to 14 bodies. It was in horrible situation. The locals protested seeing that and requested them to cease instantly. Then, they left. After we obtained the information, the BJP employees protested and gave a deputation to the authorities right here and to the police station.”
“We’ve one request. This can be a residential space with a market and hospital on both aspect. The bodies can’t be disposed of like this. We do not know whether or not the bodies have been Covid-19 affected ones or not. It may be so as a result of everyone knows that the Corona deaths are being manipulated. We do not know if that is the case right here or not. The native individuals are scared. The bodies have to be disposed off in a correct method. Until the time the BJP employees are right here, we cannot let the unclaimed bodies be disposed of right here on this method,” Snehayan Das mentioned.
Authorities dismiss viral video as deceptive and ‘pretend’
The video confirmed personnel of the Kolkata Municipal Company loading decomposed bodies right into a van allegedly outdoors the Garia crematorium. It additionally confirmed locals objecting to the cremation of all of the bodies at one place.
After the video surfaced, NRS Medical School principal Saibal Kumar Mukherjee wrote to Kolkata Police Commissioner Anuj Sharma that 14 unclaimed bodies have been handed over to KMC as per the checklist offered by completely different police stations beneath the jurisdiction of the hospital’s morgue.
“And none of these bodies have been of Covid sufferers. The topic of this video is pretend, and chances are you’ll take essential motion on this regard,” Mukherjee mentioned in his letter.
Following the letter, Kolkata Police tweeted: “West Bengal Well being Division has knowledgeable that dead bodies weren’t of COVID sufferers, however have been unclaimed/ unidentified bodies from Hospital Morgue. Authorized motion is being taken in opposition to individuals spreading #FakeNews.”
The Kolkata Municipal Company had beforehand issued a round on Might 29 stating:
“As per directives of the Honourable Chairman, Board of Administrator henceforth the unclaimed dead bodies can be cremated at Garia Adi Mahasasan (Furnace No 4), whereas Dhapa Crematorium can be solely used for the cremation of Covid-19 Hindu corpse.”
Metropolis mayor Firhad Hakim mentioned he would look into the incident and added that bodies of novel coronavirus victims within the metropolis have been being cremated at a separate burning floor at Dhapa in its jap fringes.
When requested concerning the extremely decomposed nature of the bodies, Hakim mentioned, “The unclaimed bodies are over 45 days previous. We do not know a lot about it. Let me discover out. I am going to let you recognize then.”