New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: In a shocking turn of events, a dead body was dumped into a garbage van by municipal authorities in the presence of Police personnel, in Uttar Pradesh’s Balrampur district on Wednesday, about 160 km northeast from the capital Lucknow.

The video of the incident went viral on Thursday, leading to the suspension of seven, four municipal employees and three policemen, including a sub-inspector and two constables. The video shows the municipal workers dumping the body into the garbage van in the presence of three cops in Police Uniform.

(However, Jagran English does not take responsibility of the veracity of the video)

The deceased, identified as Mohammed Anwar, was a resident of Sahzora village under Sadullahnagar police station in Balrampur. He had gone to a local government office where he fell unconscious and later died near the gate, New Indian Express reported.

Fearing the deceased individual to be a COVID suspect, the Police personnel present at the spot as well as Municipal workers refused to touch the body due, and finally the body was carried away from the spot in a garbage truck.

As the video went viral on social media on Thursday, Balrampur district administration and the police authorities took action by suspending three police personnel including a Sub-Inspector and four municipal workers.

District Magistrate Krishna Karunesh has reportedly ordered a probe into the incident. “We have a standard operating procedure (SOP) to deal with the cases involving bodies. Usually, UP 112 PRVs are informed which have a kit for keeping the body and carrying it to the mortuary. Following COVID -19 scare, PPE-kits have been given to each police station for wearing while on frontline duties and also while handling bodies,” Balrampur SP Dev Ranjan Verma was quoted as saying by New Indian Express.

"Policemen and Nagar Palika employees on the spot did not even wear PPE kits given the fact that the deceased could be coronavirus suspect,” Verma added further.

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