New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: In a shocking incident from Srikakulam district in Andhra Pradesh, an earthmover was used to tow away the packed body of a 72-year-old Coronavirus patient on Friday.

The man succumbed to the dreadful infection at his residence in the Udayapuram area on Thursday night. The inhumane carrying away of the body in the front portion of the JCB happened in Palasa-Kasibugga municipality of Srikakulam district on Friday afternoon.

The video soon went viral on social media and the netizens were outraged seeing the cruel incident.

According to several media reports, Srikakulam District Collector J Nivas suspended municipal commissioner C Nagendra Kumar and sanitary inspector N Rajeev for allegedly driving away the body of the deceased in a callous manner to the cremation ground.

The 72-year-old man had served as a class IV employee in the municipality and was unwell for quite some time. When diagnosed under the government’s door-to-door drive to test senior citizens and people suffering from coronavirus symptoms, he tested positive for coronavirus.

 

“The doctors of Palasa government hospital said they would have to conduct Covid-19 tests on the body as per the protocol. On Friday morning, it was revealed that he was Covid-19 positive,” said a senior official in the Srikakulam information department.

According to a report by Pune Mirror, the man had died at his residence when the Covid-19 test results were provided. The report further revealed that his family members were not willing to keep the body for long, and objections from neighbours were also raised. His granddaughter, who is a government volunteer in the town then called the municipality staff to remove the body.

“Since it was a small town, there was no ambulance facility to take the body to the cremation crowd. The municipal authorities thought of bringing ambulance from Srikakulam, but the neighbours were not willing to wait till then. Hence, the municipal commissioner had no option but to shift the body to the cremation ground using an earthmover,” an official said. He also said that none of the family members came to attend his cremation though the municipal staff offered them PPE kits and masks.

Posted By: Simran Babbar