Unnao, Uttar Pradesh: Just days after bodies of suspected COVID-19 patients washed up on the shores of the river Ganga, dozens of piled up dead bodies were found buried near the ghats of the river Ganga in Uttar Pradesh’s Unnao district. These bodies weren’t cremated completely before being buried in the sand.
The stray dogs were seen feeding on the remains of the bodies. A team of the local police is in the process of carrying out an inquiry and searches are being conducted for more bodies. According to District Magistrate Ravinder Kumar, the bodies were found buried in an area far from the river.
“Our team has found buried bodies in an area far from the river. Search being conducted for more bodies in other areas. I have asked a team to carry out an inquiry. Action will be taken accordingly,” the DM said.
Just a few days ago, in a shocking incident from Bihar, several bodies of suspected COVID-19 patients were found floating in the river Ganga. The incident had taken place in Chausa, Buxar district. Additional reports of floating bodies also came from the Katihar district.
The villagers near the spot had told India Ahead that they have been complaining to the administration to remove the bodies but their complaints had fallen on deaf ears.
According to the officials, the bodies had washed up from upstream. They had added that several bodies were 5-7 days old which means that they had come from neighbouring Uttar Pradesh as Chausa is just 10 kilometres from the UP-Bihar border.
These incidents have sparked fears about the scale of the Covid crisis in the country. Authorities believe the relatives of those who succumbed to the virus, may not have been able to find space for the last rites.
(With inputs from ANI)