Floating Bodies in Ganga River

Floating Bodies in Ganga River

Coronavirus is a deadly disease which is spread almost in the whole world. Everyday thousands of people are dying of this virus in our country, and there are some people who are doing disgusting things by throwing many dead bodies in the pure holy river, Ganga in Bihar. The bodies thrown in the river were suspected to be as corona patients’ bodies which is thrown in the river carelessly because of lack of places for their last rites.

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Nearly 70 bodies were found floating in the river of Buxar, Bihar which is said to be coming from Uttar Pradesh.
“We retrieved 71 dead bodies and disposed them after post-mortem. DNA samples has been preserved. The district administration is on alert to prevent such incidents in future. Officials have been directed to be vigilant and patrol the banks of the river,” a release issued by the Buxar district administration said on Tuesday.
The release also said that there was “sufficient fire wood at the Chausa cremation ground for funerals”. The clarification came allegations from villagers that the high cost of firewood had led to many families jettisoning bodies in the river rather than cremating them.

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Firewood seller Ram Ashray Yadav who works at Mahadeo ghat(bank) at Chausa said that, “most of the bodies were buried in a large pit dug up by a JCB machine on the bank of the river.”
Buxar District Magistrate Aman Sameer said the administration is keeping a close watch on Ganga ghats.
Sanjay Kumar Jha, a key aide of the Bihar CM, told PTI, “He has always been particular about the purity and uninterrupted flow of the river and has asked the administration to intensify patrolling to ensure this is not repeated. Last rites of all the bodies have been performed as per protocols. A net has been placed in the Ganges in Ranighat, bordering UP and Bihar. We have advised the Uttar Pradesh administration to be vigilant. Our administration is keeping vigil, too. Advise all to give respect to the dead and also to Maa Ganga.”

While 71 of the bodies have been fished out in Bihar’s Buxar district, at least 25 bodies were found in neighbouring Uttar Pradesh’s Ghazipur district.
The central government has taken serious note of the issue, with Union Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat on Tuesday seeking an investigation by both states. “Floating bodies in Ganga in Buxar, Bihar is unfortunate. It is surely a matter of investigation. [Narendra] Modi government is committed to maintaining piety and continuity of mother Ganga. States [Bihar and UP] concerned must take cognizance of the matter immediately,” he tweeted.
Uttar Pradesh’s ADG (Law and order) Prashant Kumar told The Indian Express: “The bodies have been found in Bihar, and it is the responsibility of the Bihar government to investigate them and take further action. It is not right to blame UP.”
Buxar District Magistrate Aman Sameer said the local administration has been keeping a close watch on Ganga ghats to ensure that bodies are not allowed to be dumped in the river. Buxar has so far 1,172 active Covid cases. The district recorded 26 Covid deaths till Monday.
The Uttar Pradesh government has already passed an order directing people to stop Jal Samadhi – a ritual followed by some communities in which bodies are disposed by putting them in the river. “This order is being followed strictly in the state,” ADG Kumar said.
On the possibility of whether the bodies could have floated in from other districts, Bhagat said, “It is difficult to ascertain where the bodies came from. But they could have come from upstream. These bodies are badly decomposed.”

Source of information:
• www.indianexpress.com
• www.zeenews.india.com
• www.thehindu.com
• www.financialexpress.com

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