Inhuman disposal of bodies of COVID-19 patients in Karnataka angers netizens

ST Staff
Thursday, 2 July 2020

R. Venkatesh, Deputy Commissioner (DC), Raichur, stated that the body of the deceased was brought to the hospital by the time he had passed away. He further stated, that the body was sent back to Yadgir and the family members were quarantined. "In Yadgir district he was swabbed and his test results came positive," added the DC.

A video of two people wearing the PPE suit, dragging and ruthlessly dumping dead bodies of people who succumbed to the infectious novel coronavirus has surfaced on social media just a day after a similar video of inhumanly handling dead bodies went viral. The incident reportedly took place on Tuesday, at Yadgir district in Karnataka.

The dead body was dumped at Siravara, situated in Raichur district. However, the victim originally belonged to Yadgir. Reports suggest that the patient died on Monday, after arranging his daughter's wedding, which had gotten postponed due to the countrywide lockdown. A relative of the deceased stated that he was having breathing troubles on Monday and was brought to Raichur Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS).

R. Venkatesh, Deputy Commissioner (DC), Raichur, stated that the body of the deceased was brought to the hospital by the time he had passed away. He further stated, that the body was sent back to Yadgir and the family members were quarantined. "In Yadgir district he was swabbed and his test results came positive," added the DC.

 

 

However, in the viral video, it was seen that two persons wearing the PPE kit dragged the body for nearly 300 meters. The body was packed in a plastic bag and hung from a wooden log. A few others were also seen and heard in the video, giving directions towards the pit where the body was simply dumped.

A relative of the deceased named Sridevi said to TOI, "The locals assembled near our house and threatened consequences if the body was brought here. Fearing a backlash, we asked the district authorities to perform the last rites in the farmland owned by the victim. But it is now saddening to see the video where the body was inhumanly dragged and dumped."

Many villagers were also spotted in the video. Yadgir DC, Kumar Rao, was contacted several times after this incident, but he was unavailable for a statement.

This is the second time when a similar incident has taken place in Karnataka. Citizens were shocked by the way these people were handling the dead bodies and took it to twitter.

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